Defend the Human Rights of Adolescent Girls

Jan 4, 2013

Brazil update

Brazil – sex tourism                                                   

As mentioned in a previous update, the civil case against the sex tour operator was stayed in August 2011 pending the completion of the criminal investigation. The law firm filed a motion to lift the stay this past summer, and on November 28, 2012, the judge granted the motion lifting the stay.  In his decision, the judge ruled that the pending foreign case does not require that the U.S. case be stayed.  This is an exciting precedent as this is the first case to consider whether a pending criminal investigation or prosecution in a foreign country can stay a U.S. civil case brought under the federal trafficking law. We hope this precedent will help expand survivors’ rights and access to justice in the U.S.

The criminal case in Brazil is moving very slowly, but the government continues to take active steps on the issue of trafficking and child sexual exploitation. The Brazil senate is conducting a second inquiry on "child sexual exploitation" (the first inquiry was on "human trafficking"), and a group will travel to Manaus where they will be meeting with local government officials and NGOs on the issue. We have also identified a local organization that we hope to partner with on the ground.  


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Equality Now

New York, NY, United States

Project Leader

Corey Calabrese

Program Officer for Sexual Violence, Trafficking and FGM
New York, NY United States

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