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Justice Lewandowski signs agreement for social reintegration of former workers of slave labor

The President of the National Council of Justice (CNJ) and Chief Justice of the Federal Supreme Court (STF), Ricardo Lewandowski, signed, on Tuesday (18/8), a technical cooperation term to strengthen, consolidate and replicate the actions of the "Integrated Action" Movement. The initiative consists on the promotion of educational, cultural and professional qualification for the reintegration of the former workers of slave labor on the market and in the society, creating conditions for socially vulnerable people not to be tricked into slave labor.

In addition to the National Council of Justice, the International Labor Organization Office (ILO), the Superior Labor Court, the National Union of Labor Tax Auditors (SINAIT), the Ministry of Labor and Employment (MTE), the Secretariat of Human Rights of the Presidency of the Republic (SDH/PR) and the Labor Public Prosecutor Office (MPT) signed the agreement.

Under the agreement, the organs pledged to follow a work plan, which includes the creation of a network of protection of workers "rescued from conditions similar to slavery" in municipalities that decide to integrate the Movement. To insert these people to the formal market of work, the signatory institutions of the agreement shall establish partnerships with public and private institutions. The idea is that workers will be hired by private companies or integrated into public policies and social programs of work and income.

Qualitative leap

According to the data of the Ministry of Labor, this year alone, in 30 operations performed by the Special Surveillance Group in 55 establishments, 419 people were rescued in situation similar to slavery. For Minister Lewandowski, the articulation between the various institutions involved in combating slave labor represents a qualitative leap in the situation of Brazil. He recalled that the country was the last in Latin America to abolish slavery, in 1888, but the problem persisted in a disguised form in society.

"In the last 20 years, more than 50 thousand workers were rescued in conditions similar to slavery," he said." With this signature, we are moving towards a better Brazil for a fairer, more fraternal and solidary society, and giving effectiveness to a fundamental postulate in our Constitution, which is the dignity of the human person," he said.

Currently, the "Integrated Action" carries out activities in the States of Mato Grosso, Bahia, Rio de Janeiro and in the region of Bico do Papagaio, which covers communities in Pará, Maranhão, Tocantins and Piauí. With the agreement signed today, the CNJ will coordinate the actions of the Movement related to its consolidation and strengthening, as well as supporting its expansion to other States interested on this Movement.

The proposal is that the Movement is also institutionalized as public policy in Federal, State and Municipal levels. For this reason, the Council will have the task to collaborate with Federal, State and Municipal organs in promoting actions of combat of slave labor and in the Movement activities. The CNJ will also raise awareness of the operators of Justice to reverse, in favor of the Movement, the compensation for moral and collective damage, and will monitor the indicators of the results of the actions defined on the agreement.


The "Integrated Action" Movement began in Cuiabá (MT), in 2009, on the initiative of the Regional Secretary of Labor and Employment of Mato Grosso, of the Regional Labor Attorney from the 23rd region and of the Uniselva Foundation of the Federal University of Mato Grosso (UFMT), with the technical cooperation of the ILO. In Mato Grosso, the project has helped 73 municipalities and 20 communities, and has promoted the realization of 36 training courses, which alphabetized and helped to become able to work 643 people.


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