Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2006
Centro de Direitos Humanos de Sapopemba
This description of Valdênia Paulino's work was prepared when Valdênia Paulino was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2006.
In the vast peripheries of Sao Paulo, the poor suffer human rights violations, such as police violence, every day. Valdênia Paulino defends their rights by providing them with education and access to legal mechanisms of protection. Courses on legal rights identify patterns of systematic abuse while local public hearings ensure such abuses are dealt with properly.
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