Liz Martin traveled from tragedy to activism, and Brazil Police Watch is the culmination of that journey. I had the honor of meeting her along the way. Liz pursues her goal of reducing police violence in Brazil with tenacity, a reminder of the power of resilience, conviction, and hope. Her campaign’s focus on the World Cup and the Olympics is timely given the recent wave of police repression of Brazilians protesting inequality and other injustices during the Confederations Cup (June 2013). May Liz reach her goal of contributing to the reduction of police violence, for the sake of all the past and future victims of police violence and all the citizens, residents, and visitors of Brazil who deserve a sound security policy unmarred by chronic abuse, corruption, and ineffectiveness.
- Fernando Delgado *
* Fernando Delgado is a Clinical Instructor at the International Human Rights Clinic at Harvard Law School and author of "Lethal Force: Police Violence and Public Security in Rio de Janeiro and Sao Paulo", Human Rights Watch (2009).