Police Violence, Memory, and Mobilization in Brazil


Tuesday, May 18, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm


Virtual Event (Registration Required)

Join the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation for a “What Justice Looks Like” discussion series event with members of Mães de Maio (Mothers of May), a collective of mothers whose children were killed by police in May 2006 in one of the largest police massacres in Brazilian history. Over the past 15 years, Mães de Maio has been a leading voice against police violence against Black and poor youth in Brazil, preserving the memory of victims, helping to mobilize mothers and families, and fighting for policy change. The speakers will share their reflections on 15 years of struggle and lessons for the next generation. 


  • Débora Maria da Silva, Mães de Maio and Researcher, Federal University of São Paulo 
  • Maria Sônia Lins, Mães de Maio
  • lza Maria de Jesus Soares, Mães de Maio
  • Moderated by Yanilda González, Assistant Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, and Fernanda Papa, MC/MPA 2021, Ash Center Mason Fellow.

Register Here: https://ash.harvard.edu/event/police-violence-memory-and-mobilization-brazil