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Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa

São Paulo, Brazil
Joined February 2020

IDDD works in Brazil promoting the right of defense on fronts such as strategic litigation, advocacy, education and communication. We fight for a less selective and discriminatory justice system.

Presence in: Brazil
Focus: Criminal Justice, Education, Gender-based violence, Women's Rights

The Institute for the Defense of the Right to Defense is a civil society organization of public interest, founded in July 2000, which works to strengthen the Right of Defense. IDDD’s mission is to foster in society and state institutions the idea that everyone has the right to a quality defense, to the observance of the principle of the presumption of innocence, to full access to justice, to a fair trial and to serving time in a dignified way. All of this regardless of social class, whether you are guilty or innocent, or the crime for which you are being accused. What we seek is to create a spirit of greater tolerance in society.

In two decades of existence, IDDD has seen its work recognized in some opportunities: a Special Mention and two Honorable Mentions in the Betinho de Cidadania Award, promoted by the São Paulo City Council, in 2001, 2005 and 2006, respectively; Motion of applause and congratulation received from the National Council for Criminal and Penitentiary Policy (MJ), for the cultural contest “The Right to Look”; Awarded project in the Petrobrás Cultural Program in “Education for the Arts: Materials and Documentation”, in 2006/2007 and Honorable Mention in the Special Award category of the 2010 Innovare Award. In 2014, the Institute received a plaque from the Paraná section of the Bar Association do Brasil (OAB / PR) and a National Medal of Access to Justice, from the Ministry of Justice, received at the event commemorating the 10th anniversary of the Judiciary Reform.

People Associated With This Organization

Marina Dias

Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa
Joined November 2019
Interests: Criminal Justice, Gender-based violence, Peace-building & Transitional Justice, Women's Rights
I am the executive director of the Instituto de Defesa do Direito a Defesa (Institute for the Defense of the Right to Defense), the main goal of which is to advance access to justice in the criminal justice system. I am a criminal lawyer with a strong practice on the areas of human rights and media crimes, and was a partner at Dias e Carvalho Filho advogados law firm for 16 years. I am also dedicated to the studies in conflict mediation and restorative justice. I am an activist on the criminal justice area, especially in the fields related to access to justice and prision system. I was the main researcher and executive producer of Sem Pena documentary, winner of best picture in people's choice category in the 2014 edition of Brasilia Festival.
is the network champion (main point of contact) for Instituto de Defesa do Direito de Defesa.

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