Seminar Series on Afro-Latin American Studies with Poliana da Silva Ferreira


Friday, September 30, 2022, 12:00pm to 2:00pm


In Person and on Zoom

Poliana Ferreira is PhD student at the São Paulo School of Law of the Getulio Vargas Foundation, she holds a Master's degree in Law and Development from the São Paulo School of Law of the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She is the director of Plataforma Justa, member of Fiscal Council of the Brazilian Network of Empirical Legal Studies, researcher at the Criminology Research Group of the State University of Bahia, and at the Crime and Penalty Study Center of the Getulio Vargas Foundation. She was a visiting researcher at the Université Catholique de Louvain, with the Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire sur la Déviance et la Pénalité, Belgium. She is the author the of book “Justiça e letalidade policial: responsabilidade jurídica e imunização da polícia que mata” (2021).

In this episode of the seminar series, the conversation will address legal aspects of the lack of accountability of police officers involved in approaches that result in death, in Brazil. For this, the partial results of the research “Institutional design for accountability of the police that kills: possibilities and limits in racially unequal democracies” will be explored, which seeks to understand structures, practices and processes that lead, institutionally, to the identification, investigation, imputation of responsibility of police officers involved in lethal episodes, considering the outcomes of civil, criminal and administrative proceedings. The qualitative research project raises the following questions: what kind of institutional design is being adopted to control and hold accountable the police who kill? What are the points of approximation between Brazil and the United States on this issue? The theoretical key of institutional racism has proved to be useful to organize the literature and the empirical findings of the research regarding the practices and processes related to the shielding of the police who kill in both countries.

Moderated by: Yanilda Gonzalez, HKS

Presented in collaboration with DRCLAS Brazil Studies Program

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In Person: 104 Mount Auburn Street 3R, Cambridge MA 02138. Light resfreshments will be served.