Cacique Babau is the leader of the Serra do Padeiro Tupinambá village, located in the municipality of Buerarema, in Bahia. In their struggle for land rights, the Tupinambás have suffered a serious process of criminalization, defamation, threats, torture and attempted murders that involve the state, big farmers and the mass media.
Débora Maria da Silva
Débora Maria da Silva is the founder of the group Mães de Maio (Mothers of May), that brings together family members of victims of state violence, more specifically people killed by the Military Police of São Paulo.
Indianara Siqueira is chair of the group Transrevolução (Transrevolution), representing the Southeastern Region in RedTrans Brasil, which is affiliated to RedLac Trans Latin America and the Caribbean. She works defending the rights of trans people, is an activist for sex workers and also a parliamentary aide.
Rose Meire dos Santos Silva
Rose Meire dos Santos Silva is a community leader, member of the Association of the Quilombo Rio dos Macacos, and resident of this community. Rose Meire has suffered a series of attacks and retaliations due to her work that involves denouncing violations of the rights to territory, housing, food, freedom of movement, among other violations, perpetrated by the Brazilian government.
Vitor Lira is a resident of Santa Marta, a historic favela in the neighborhood of Botafogo, in the Southern Zone of Rio de Janeiro. A group led by Vitor with the Committee of Residents of the Peak of Santa Marta was organized to question the real intentions of the government in removing residents from the area.
Osvalinda Maria Marcelino Alves Pereira
Osvalinda Maria Marcelino Alves Pereira is a rural worker and resident of the Settlement Project (PA) of the National Institute for Agrarian Reform. Because she resists and denounces illegal logging and improper occupation of the territory by timber companies, Osvalinda lives under death threats by loggers and ranchers.
Laísa Santos Sampaio
Laísa Santos Sampaio is a teacher, but has not worked for three years, since she started to suffer constant threats. Her sister was human rights defender Maria do Espírito Santo who was brutally murdered along with her husband José Claudio Ribeiro da Silva in 2011. All of them denounced environmental and land violations committed by cattle ranchers, loggers and charcoal producers in the county.
Rosivaldo Moraes Correia
Rosivaldo Moraes Correia is a leader in the quilombola community of Gurupá River. Rosivaldo and the 700 residents of the community suffer violence and coercion from the farmers, who are trying to take their traditional land in order to expand the rice monoculture agribusiness.
Marcio Marins has been a militant since the 1990s in the fields of health, education, culture and public safety, with a focus on LGBT community.
João do Cumbe is a teacher and community leader in Cumbe Ranch, located in the municipality of Aracati, state of Ceará. Since 2004, his community organization denounces the negative impacts caused by the installation of shrimp farms in the region.
Cacique Ládio Veron
The Guarani Kaiowás are an indigenous people located in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, who fight for the right to their ancestral lands and to a dignified life. After more than five centuries they continue being murdered for resisting their precarious life conditions, confined to small spaces on their traditional lands.