Coletivo Papo Reto

Complexo do Alemão e Penha, RJ
Backed in
Covered areas
Human Rights and Civic Engagement

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Nós por Nós

Defending Human Rights and Security for the Residents of Complexo do Alemão and Penha

Papo Reto is an independent communications collective composed of youth activist residents of Complexo do Alemão and Penha in Rio de Janeiro. The collective works to defend the human rights and safety of the residents, who live amongst violence brought by drug trafficking and police activity. The collective maintains a network of information exchange between community residents 24 hours a day. Its project called “Nós por Nós” works to ensure the safety residents in Alemão, and is a news channel that aims to show the realities of the favela by disseminating news and images that go unnoticed by the mainstream media. The collective also organizes events and leads efforts to ensure the community’s demands are met.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Coletivo Papo Reto will:

• Strengthen the production of audiovisual content showing community problems;
• Produce video narratives with residents.


207 people connected in a network of protection from violence
20 motorcycle taxi drivers provided with legal support
Video programs posted weekly on youtube

“When someone is injured in a shooting, people call Coletivo Papo Reto to assure that there is no tampering on the crime scene. The same goes for when someone is arrested arbitrarily.” –  Raull Santiago, Social Activist at Coletivo Papo Reto