Nineteen of the fifty cities with the highest homicide rates are in Brazil. Children grow up in an environment where violence, drugs and gangs are part of daily life. We reduce violence and protect adolescents by promoting peaceful solutions. Our local experts train professionals on restorative justice, which helps young people escape the vicious cycle of violence.

What we do

Juvenile Justice

Children and young people in conflict with the law receive assistance from our local experts. These experts also train legal professionals on restorative, rather than retributive, approaches to justice encouraging rehabilitation. This approach promotes alternative measures to prison: young people assume responsibility for their actions and as a result can more easily integrate into the community. In acknowledgement of the work done by Tdh, we have received an honorary certificate from the federal government.

Preventing violence

We promote mediation to prevent the phenomena of youth violence. We work in public schools and teach the personnel and the pupils the techniques of peaceful conflict resolution and constructive dialogue. We have measured more than a 50% reduction, on average, per school of violence in the participating schools in Fortaleza since the beginning of our intervention.

Maria lives in the suburbs of Fortaleza. When she broke up with her boyfriend, he began to threaten her. She became afraid. With our help, her ex-boyfriend changed his attitude and Maria once again felt safe.

Maria, a resident of the Fortaleza suburbs


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Beneficiaries 2016


8138 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 13

Budget 2017


CHF 380,000




Where we work

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Tdh begins working with local NGOs to support children, especially disabled children.
A community support project is launched in Tauà, in north-east Brazil, following a major drought. In 1999, it is taken over by two local cooperatives.
The first project for children in street situations is launched in the Fortaleza region. Since 1996, this project has been managed by the Curumins organisation with financial and technical support from Tdh.
Following the positive impact of the Fortaleza project, authorities in Sao Luis ask Tdh to launch a similar initiative in this city. The new project aims to create a network of organisations in the city to help street children.
Tdh opens the Cirque Baixada centre in Rio de Janeiro state. This centre welcomes and supports children in street situations, helping them to reintegrate society.
A juvenile justice project is launched in Maranhão state.
A restorative juvenile justice project is launched in Brazil's north and north-eastern regions.
Tdh signs a national protocol with several major institutions to support restorative justice in Brazil

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Making an impact for children: Annual Report 2017
Community practices in child protection. Examples of Brazil, Colombia, Peru, Ecuador and Nicaragua
Thematic Policy 2014 - Restorative Juvenile Justice
Courage n° 55 - New hope in the heart of the favelas

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