Location São Paulo, SP
Grantee 2019
Attended areas Human Rights and Civic Engagement

Recriar e Inserir

Professional training and emotional and personal counseling for the formerly-incarcerated

Brazil’s incarcerated population is more than 700,000, the third largest prison population in the world, according to INFOPEN data. Of these, 55% are young people between 18 and 29 years of age, 64% are black and 51% only have an elementary education. Incarceration not only harms those convicted of crime and deprived of liberty, but their entire families as well. Prison sentences exacerbate a cycle of social exclusion where, in most cases, the incarcerated and his family are already victims.

Instituto Responsa supports the reintegration process for those leaving the prison system, offering them opportunities and income generation possibilities. Their “Recriar e Inserir” project will offer formerly incarcerated individuals psychosocial support to provide them more opportunities in the labor market enabling them to uphold their rights, have greater autonomy, and build self-esteem.

With support from BrazilFoundation, Instituto Responsa aims to:

• Provide workshops for behavioral training and employability;
• Map social and individual challenges of those leaving the system, and build a project to help them overcome these challenges;
• Collaborate for the development of skills and competencies;
• Prospect and sensitize companies to foster social business models;
• Follow-up support for those reintegrated into the labor market or entrepreneurs.


240 people reached annually
48 new beneficiaries to be earning income
Human resource development with partner companies

“Our aim is to deconstruct the stigma surrounding the release from prison, offering dialogues with businessmen, partners and the public.”