Dina Alves is a Brazilian lawyer with a doctorate in Anthropology. Her research concerns human rights violations in Brazil with a special emphasis on Black women as targets of police violence and incarceration. She is one of four lawyers defending Luana Barbosa, a Black LGBTQ woman killed by police in 2016. As part of her research, Dr. Alves works with several popular human rights organizations, principally the Mothers of May (Mães de Maio), a group led by women whose children or family members were killed by police. She is also active with AMPARAR, the Association of Family Members and Friends of People in Prison (Associação de Familiaries e Amigos de Presos/as) and is a founding member of the autonomous collective of Black women, Adelinas, which works to denounce the genocide of Black women in Brazil. Dr. Alves has experience in theater and has curated dance works on the theme of her research. She is supported by the Marielle Franco Project, an effort to foment and develop leadership among Black women within the Fundo Baobá, an institute working to support Black people and racial equality in Brazil; her participation in this project will allow her to amplify her activism and support other Black women in positions of leadership. For the fall of 2022, Dr. Alves is in residence as a fellow at the Institute for Advanced Study at Indiana University, Bloomington.
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