The Case of São Paulo’s Child-Friendly Clubs: Stopping Sexual Exploitation of Children and Adolescents — COLUMBIA POLITICAL REVIEW
COMMUNITY PITCH: Pedro Francisco Vormittag (SIPA '21) discusses his work on children's rights as a policy advisor in São Paulo, and provides an overview of current progress there.
"The idea was simple, but not obvious. In order to ensure that a key children’s rights policy could be implemented even in the farthest and poorest areas of the city, it was high time that the City Hall took advantage of its already existing and strategically placed sports facilities throughout São Paulo. If the clubs started being acknowledged not only as a hub of courts and gyms, but as safe environments for children to access their rights to play, the city would benefit from a fast and smart expansion of its public service for children's rights."
The early 1990's inaugurated a period of optimism in the broad scheme of Brazil's children's rights policy conversation. In 1990, the National Congress dove into the agenda, enacting Federal Law 8.069 (“Estatuto da Criança e do Adolescente,” or "E.C.A.")—which was highly praised by experts