Human Rights in Practice -- Access to Health Care in Prisons during the Pandemic

September 15, 2020Duke Law News

Tuesday, October 13, 2020
12:30 PM | Virtual

Fábio Amado De Souza Barretto, a Brazilian public defender and the head of the human rights department at the public defense office in Rio de Janeiro (Defensoria Publica do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) and Irmina Pacho, Associate Legal Officer, Litigation Team, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) will discuss the right to health care in prisons in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. De Souza Barretto will discuss a case filed in Brazil on behalf of prisoners, and Ms. Pacho will discuss the relevant international human rights framework, including based on the OSJI report, “The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic,” as well as an amici curiae brief filed by OSJI. The program will be moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching), and Supervising Attorney of the Duke Law International Human Rights Clinic.

This event is part of the Duke Law Human Rights in Practice series organized by the Center for International and Comparative Law and the International Human Rights Clinic. Co-sponsored by the Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; the Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; the Duke Law Health Justice Clinic; the Health Law Society; the Human Rights Law Society; the International Law Society; and, the Latin American Law Students Association.

The event is free and open to all. No registration is required; see below for the link to join the virtual event and for information on alternative ways to access Zoom. For additional information, please contact Balfour Smith at

Important: Please note that all Human Rights in Practice sessions will be recorded and published, contingent on consent from presenters in each. Attendees should be mindful of this in case their personal information, including possibly name, picture, or video appears at any time during any of the recordings.

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When: Oct 13, 2020 12:30 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
Topic: Access to Health Care in Prisons during the Pandemic

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