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Justice Cármen Lúcia meets with USA diplomats to discuss child protection

The Chief Justice of the Brazilian Federal Supreme Court (STF), Cármen Lúcia, received on Tuesday (28/09) the ambassador of the United States in Brazil, Liliana Ayalde, the special advisor for Children’s Issues at the US State Department, Susan Jacobs, and the Embassy’s counselor, Thomas Lloyd. The central topic of the meeting was the application of the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, and the need to protect children who are direct or indirect victims of domestic violence.

According to Justice Cármen Lúcia, one of the major issues currently faced by the Maria da Penha Law is the care of victimized women’s children. "Although prescribed by law, this protection has not yet been fully implemented, largely because of the strong emotional ties and traumas that often mark children and women," she noted.

The Justice pointed out, however, that progress in this area does not depend solely on the State. "The State may establish guidelines, but society is the one to really bring solution to the situation," she said, indicating the need for continuous training of professionals who work with children, such as teachers, psychologists and people who know the reality of the family involved. "Such violence, especially against children, represents a civilizational state that must be overcome."

According to the president of the Supreme Court, it is important to recognize "emphatically" that the protection provided for in The Hague Convention is directed to the individual. "The idea is to retake social pacification, to protect the human being," she mentioned.


The special advisor to the US State Department praised the Brazilian legislation concerning the cases of domestic violence, citing, among other initiatives, the House of Brazilian Women, integrated area of care to women in situations of violence linked to the federal government’s Secretariat of Policies for Women. Susan Jacobs, who visited one of these centers, said she recognized there also a shelter for children. A positive aspect that caught her attention was the lack of internet connection, which prevents victims from being tracked online by their agressors.”


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