Location Belo Horizonte, MG
Grantee 2019
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Programa Pró APAC

Professional training and social integration for the APAC incarcerated populations

The Brazilian prison population exceeds 700,000 – double the prison system’s official capacity – resulting in overcrowded prisons and inhumane conditions, which violates inmates’ fundamental rights. These incarcerated are often school dropouts, illiterate or having no professional training.

Minas pela Paz works to facilitate the reentry of incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people into the workforce. One part of their work is offering vocational courses together with APACs – spaces dedicated to resocialization, humanizing law enforcement and discouraging its punitive aspect – and mobilizing companies and communities to create work opportunities. The Institute also works on the insertion of young people in socio-educational measures. Through the project, the organization will offer professional training and strengthen partnerships in order to improve their resocialization prospects.

With the grant, Minas Pela Paz will improve its Programa Pró APAC project, which has already expanded its activities, methodologies and management model. The objective of the project is to improve the resocialization prospects of the incarcerated.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Instituto Minas Pela Paz aims to:

• Provide training to 150 incarcerated people;
• Create professional opportunities for 30 inmates in APACS or its partner companies;
• Call on 20 company representatives to support resocialization.

Impact

150 incarcerated people to receive professional training
Incarcerated and formerly incarcerated people provided with resocialization opportunities
Increased corporate and community awareness

“The students will have a new outlook for their social reintegration, especially in reentering the workforce and in generating income.”

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