Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo

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Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo received the International Women of Courage Award in 2012.

Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo is a Brazilian police officer. [1] In 2012 she received the International Women of Courage Award. [2]

Work[change | change source]

In 1998, de Oliveira joined the Rio de Janeiro military police. In 2000 she started work in street operations. [1] In 2007, she was attacked and kidnapped. She escaped and arrested three of her kidnappers.[3][4]

In 2008 she became head of the first “Police Pacification Unit” (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro.[1][3][2] In 2013, a man disappeared in Rocinha. The officers of the Police Pacification Unit were accused of being part of the crime. De Oliveira became head of the police unit. [5][2]

Awards[change | change source]

In 2012 De Oliveira received the International Women of Courage award, and Veja magazine named her Defender of the City.[1][2]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners". state.gov. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jonathan Watts. "Voices of Brazil: the police chief pioneer". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meet Major Pricilla: the woman pacifying Rio's favelas ahead of the World Cup". Telegraph.co.uk. 19 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. Zhang Jingya. "Americas Now 07/28/2014 Game changer- Pricilla de oliveira Azevedo - CCTV News - CCTV.com English". cntv.cn. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. "BBC News - Favela life: Rio's city within a city". BBC News. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

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