Recognition, Redistribution and Popular Participation: Towards an Integrative Judicial Policy

Public Hearing “The People's Defender” and Strategies for Access to Justice in 2019 / 2020

November 20th, 2018

The main objective of the public hearing “Defensoria do Povo” is to hear from local and regional leaders, including representatives of vulnerable social groups served by the Volta Redonda DPU, about this year's work on 2018 through the practice “The Defensoria Goes Where the People Poor Is. Quilombola communities, waste picker groups, street people and other vulnerable social groups from more than 10 municipalities in the state of Rio de Janeiro were served.

In addition to presenting the results and thinking collectively about future action proposals, this will be an opportunity for us to discuss with various interest groups the concept of Public Defender, its identity and institutional mission.

About the practice “The Defensory Goes Where the Poor People Are”, it began in 2016, when the DPU unit in Volta Redonda began to execute an annual social service agenda in municipalities of the Rio de Janeiro state's South Fluminense and Costa Verde regions of January. The service consists of relocating a team to garbage dumps, social care network equipment, quilombos and other traditional communities, to provide free legal assistance and guidance, and to verify, on the spot, the main difficulties faced by the population in accessing rights.

The first public hearing to evaluate the practice was held in December at 2017, at the opening of the new headquarters of the DPU unit in Volta Redonda. Considering the importance of this symbiosis relationship between the institution and its interest groups for the democratization of public access to justice policies, its presence in the public hearing on December 7 is essential for the improvement of public services provided by the DPU.

DATE: 7 December 2018 at 16h


Lucas Evangelista de Oliveira Franco Avenue, 67, Paraiba Garden, Volta Redonda-RJ

Contact: - (24) 3344-2300



16: 00 - Inviting and Referring Guests

16: 30 - Official Event Opening

16: 40 - Practice Table and Accountability

17: 00 - Table composition with representatives of vulnerable social groups, social movements and leaders:

  • Quilombola leaderships;
  • Leaders of waste pickers;
  • Caesarean leaders;
  • Leaders of social movements (homeless, Forum Justice, housing, among others).

19: 30 - Cultural Presentation of Southern Fluminense Jongo Groups

20: 30 - Brotherhood

21: 00 - Closing


About the Meeting of the Quilombola Communities of South Fluminense and Costa Verde and the Objectives and Strategies for the 2019 / 2020 Biennium

The meeting of the quilombola communities of the south of the state of Rio de Janeiro and Costa Verde was thought from the meeting that took place at the Seminar “JUSTICE FORUM IN SOUTH FLUMINENSE: political struggle and community organization”at the Fluminense Federal University, Volta Redonda Campus, in August / 2018.

At the Seminar, with the initiative of quilombola leaders who participated in the event and with the support of the Federal Public Defender's Office, the Working Group (or collective) Quilombola Communities in the South Fluminense and Costa Verde took shape, which aims to promote the community strengthening of communities. quilombolas in the region of Sul-Fluminense and Costa Verde through periodic itinerant meetings in the different communities.

At that time, objectives and strategies were outlined for the 2019 / 2020 biennium, whose referendum from other communities is necessary for the continuity of planning and holding the traveling meetings in the course of next year (2019).

Specific Objectives of the Quilombola Communities WG (or collective)

  1. Advocate for peaceful land tenure and freedom to come and go in communities;
  2. Promotion of differentiated education policy for traditional communities, respecting local knowledge and culture;
  3. Press for the installation of a basic health unit to provide health services in the communities;
  4. Develop sustainable solidarity economy policies, with a view to harnessing the tourist, cultural and environmental potential of the communities;
  5. Produce the integration of the social organization of traditional communities;

Strategies to be developed

  1. a) Demand speed in the preparation of the rite of the Technical Report of Identification and Delimitation - RTID;
  2. b) Articulation with institutions of the justice system for the observance of the rights of quilombola communities by the environmental inspection bodies.

2.a) Participation in School Councils;

  1. b) Construction of quilombola schools in their respective territories, with the participation of the communities in the decisions;
  2. c) To promote the formation of educators among the members of the traditional communities;
  3. d) Quotas in public universities for members of traditional communities.

  1. a) Articulation with the Secretariat of Racial Equality Promotion Policy - SEPPIR;
  2. b) Presentation of demands in the Municipal Councils;
  3. c) Hiring health agents from members of traditional communities;
  4. d) Provision of effective public transport services (ambulances, for example);
  5. e) To promote studies on pathologies common to members of traditional communities;

  1. (a) Community-based cultural and educational tourism;
  2. b) Implementation of partnerships with universities;
  3. c) Promote the articulation between the grassroots movements and the self-sustainability discussion forums of traditional peoples;
  4. d) Promote the articulation between the communities and the environmental inspection agencies to better understand the traditional methods of environmental preservation.

  1. a) Creation of a virtual communication channel;
  2. b) Creation of Working Groups;
  3. c) Periodic and itinerant meetings (held in the communities themselves);
  4. d) Search for resources for this purpose.