CDDH Marcal de Souza Tupa-i

On the trail of hope

Mato Grosso do Sul

Objectives and target audience

Promote the protection of human dignity and human rights of adolescents in conflict with the law in Campo Grande; denounce and fight institutional violence expressed in the discrimination and neglect of youth and adolescents; raise awareness of families as a way of fighting violence.

Main activities

Thematic workshops.

Discussion groups on the following themes: gender violence, violence against indigenous youth, youth violence, discrimination and the right to come and go.

Municipal seminar on human rights.

Receiving and forwarding complaints of abuse and violence.

Partnerships fostering through the organization of meetings with other organizations working on human rights issues.

Monitoring visits to Uneis (youth detention centers).


Mato Grosso do Sul holds a high index of murders, prejudice and violence against youth. According to the Map of Violence 2011, Coronel Sapucaia, a city in Mato Grosso do Sul at the border with Paraguay, has the highest average rates of youth homicide in Brazil, reaching 107.2 (per 100 thousand). Campo Grande, the capital, has a youth homicide rate of 60.6 (per 100 thousand) and a suicide rate of 5.8 (per 100 thousand). Death among young people in traffic accidents reached 44.8/100 thousand. The number of adolescents in youth detention centers ranges from 100-150. Human rights violations are frequent in these centers.

In the urban context, Campo Grande is marked by police violence against Black and poor youth, especially in the city’s outskirts. In the countryside, the situation is also serious concerning conflicts over land and indigenous issues. Regarding violence against women, despite the lack of specific data, the state occupies the ninth place in terms of number of murdered women.

Social movements find it difficult to report and draw the attention of authorities to the youth situation, mainly due to the common sense that discriminates and criminalizes those young people. This is the starting point of our work aimed at the organization of a campaign to raise awareness on the youth situation and report it to governmental authorities in general.

About the organization

The CDDH-MS develops its work in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, which allows a close relationship with the beneficiary public. Some of the activities performed by them are: the active participation in the adoption of the Statute of Children and Adolescents, also having contributed to the elaboration of the bills regarding the operation of the Municipal and State Councils of Rights of Children and Adolescents and the Guardianship Council; organization of the First State Meeting of Guardianship Councils of Mato Grosso do Sul; human rights courses addressing issues related to children, adolescents, women, racial; campaigns to fight domestic violence and against death penalty; I Discussion on Summary Executions and Enforced Disappearances; participation in the State Commission against Bad Working Conditions in MS; promoting public safety and seminars on prison conditions; participation in the First Peoples Court of Land; drafting technical reports on child labor and against lowering of legal age; survey on the situation of children and youth population involved in prostitution; publishing of a textbook on legal rights and a human rights manual.


Ance (National Association of Defense Centers of the Rights of Children and Adolescents).
Renade - National Network for the Protection of Adolescents in Conflict with the Law
National Movement of Human Rights.
CEDCA / MS - State Council for the Rights of Children and Adolescents of Mato Grosso do Sul.

Funding Line

Violence against youth (2016)



Total Granted



12 months

Main Themes

Youth Rights

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