Protecting black children must be a priority for Brazilian lawmakers

Brazil suffers with a shocking homicide rate, and young black people are disproportionately affected by this violence epidemic

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Anti-racism demonstration in São Paulo, June 2020. Photo: Felipe Manorov Gomes/Shutterstock

Potentially the most negative stereotype about Brazil is its image of being a violent country, underpinned by its shocking homicide rate. In fact, the appalling total of 41,600-plus murders recorded in 2019 was almost celebrated in Brazil, being the lowest level in more than a decade. As recently as 2017, figures peaked at almost 60,000 homicides in a single year — a rate of 31.6 murders per 100,000 people, over six times higher than that of the U.S.

But violence does not affect all Brazilians equally, and children are disproportionately victimized. 

According to the Brazilian Forum of Public Security, 10,067...

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