Ashoka Fellow
Fellow Since 2011
Papo de Responsa
This description of Roberto Chaves's work was prepared when Roberto Chaves was elected to the Ashoka Fellowship in 2011.
Roberto “Beto” Chaves, a member of Rio de Janeiro’s police force, is rebuilding trust between Rio’s police and its favela communities. Through loosely structured “chats” in the community between police, ex-convicts and youth, Beto is breaking down the stereotypes and misconceptions that each group holds about the others, and has opened new lines of communication between the police and the community.
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