Benedito Rodrigues dos Santos
University Professor, Catholic University of Goiás State
, Brazil; Kellogg
Fellow (pursuing Ph.D in anthropology), University of California at Berkeley; Consultant to UNICEF regarding child labor and street children in Albania, Brazil, and Romania.Co-ordinator of the chapter on Brazil in Towards An International Strategy for the Elimination
of Child Labor developed by the International Working Group on Child Labor
in 1995 (TWGCL, ISPCAN/DCI), his
recent publications include "Trabalho Infantil no Brasil Discussão e Balanço das Principais Estratégias de Erradicação," in Crinças e Adolescentes no BrasilDiagnósticos, Pol'ticas e Participação da Sociedade (Cargill Foundation, Braz Araujo ed., 1997); "Mobilizing Business Companies for Eradication of Child Labor: A Study on Strategies Developed by the Abrinq Foundation for Children's
Rights" (UNICEF/Abrinq, 1997).An activist for children's rights, Sr. dos Santos is a co-founder and member of several Brazilian organizations, including the Brazilian Movement of Street Boys and Girls (MNMMR), where he occupied positions on the national board during 1985-95, and the National NGO Forum in Defense of Children's Rights (DCA), of which he was General Secretary during 1988-92.
Prizes in recognition of his
work for children and adolescents include: Menção Honrosa Direitos Humanos 88, from the Centro de Direitos Humanos Alceu de Amoroso Lima; and Premio Criança 1990, from the Fundação Abrinq pelos Direitos da Criança.