Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

In many parts of the world, particularly throughout the Americas, indigenous peoples have been and continue to be victims of targeted mass atrocity violence. The violence is not limited to colonial era genocides, forced displacements, religious conversions or so-called reeducation programs. It has continued in the form of destruction and contamination of lands and waters in the name of economic development, as well as killings and disappearances of indigenous rights defenders. Most recently it has manifested in disproportionate infection and death rates as part of the global COVID-19 pandemic. Nowhere is the persistent attack on indigenous rights and the need for more effective atrocity prevention work more apparent than in Brazil.

Please join us for a conversation with four panelists from Brazil including indigenous activists and legal experts from academic and government institutions.

English – Portuguese Simultaneous Interpretation Provided

Note: The event is intentionally scheduled to occur just before the start of the 2021 United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.

Moderated by:

Nadia Rubaii, Co-Director of the Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention (I-GMAP), Binghamton University and Jocelyn Getgen Kestenbaum, Director of the Benjamin B. Ferencz Human Rights and Atrocity Prevention Clinic at Cardozo Law


Tónico Benites (Guarani-Kaiowá) is an indigenous rights leader, anthropologist and human rights defender from Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

Marcia Wayna Kambeba (Omágua / Kambeba) is a poet, writer, composer, photographer, activist and international speaker on indigenous and environmental issues, and the first indigenous Ombudswoman in Belem do Para, Brazil.

Fernanda Bragato is a Full Professor of Law Unisinos Law School (Brazil).

Júlio José Araújo, Jr. is a former Federal Judge and current Federal Prosecutor at in the State of Rio de Janeiro.

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Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Alice Wairimu Nderitu, the newly appointed United Nations Special Adviser to the Secretary-General on the Prevention of Genocide, joins us for a conversation about her long career in atrocity prevention and her vision for the Office of the Special Adviser during her mandate.

March 17, 2021 | 10:00 AM EST



Organized By : Institute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention

Hear from colleagues from the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security, as well as experts in the recruitment prevention and child protection fields both in the context of armed conflict and for criminal networks and gangs. Join the Inistitute for Genocide and Mass Atrocity Prevention for a conversation on what they have learned through their experiences and their work.


Steven Dudley is an investigative journalist, policy analyst and author. He is co-founder and co-director of InSight Crime, a think tank focused on organized crime in the Americas. He is the author of MS-13: The Making of America's Most Notorious Gang (2019).

Achaleke Christian Leke is a civil society peacebuilding activist with special expertise in youth issues. He is National Coordinator of Local Youth Corner Cameroon.

Cesar Rincon is a Colombian lawyer with 30 years of experience in criminal investigation, focusing on criminal organizations, human rights violations and government corruption. His experience includes 11 years as team coordinator at the United Nations International Commission Against Impunity in Guatemala (CICIG)

Shelly Whitman is the executive director of the Dallaire Institute for Children, Peace and Security (Canada)

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