Twenty-one 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

Access to justice

Children and young people in conflict with the law receive assistance from our experts. These train legal professionals on restorative approaches to justice encouraging rehabilitation. We promote alternative measures to prison: young people assume responsibility for their actions and can more easily integrate into the community. In acknowledgement of our work, we have received an honorary certificate from the federal government. We encourage the use of mediation to prevent youth violence in schools, where we sensitise teachers and students on peaceful conflict resolution techniques.

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


Terre des hommes in Brazil

Beneficiaries 2018


6147 people

Expatriate / local employees


0 / 16

Budget 2018


CHF 261,338




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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
In Brazil, Tdh is recognized as one of the 100 best Brazilian NGOs.
Tdh and the State of Ceará Department of Defense sign a cooperation agreement allowing for the establishment of a Center for Restorative Justice (CRJ) to help care for adolescents who are in trouble with the law.
Terre des hommes in Brazil signs a cooperation agreement with the Government Secretary of Justice and Citizenship of the State of Ceará for the implementation of the Program for the Protection of Victims and Witnesses in Danger.

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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
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