Rafael Barreto Souza

Rafael is a lawyer and Programme Manager on Criminal Justice Reform for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with Brazil’s National Justice Council (CNJ). He coordinates an initiative to reform criminal justice, strengthen custody hearings, boost non-custodial measures and reduce prison overcrowding in all 27 Brazilian states.

He is a researcher at the University of Brasília’s Laboratory of Penal Policies Management (LabGEPEN/UnB), an associate member of the Brazilian Forum of Public Security (FBSP), and a member of the Advisory Committee of the initiative to create a universal protocol for non-coercive investigative interviewing. Rafael also holds a position as professor of law at the Institute of Higher Education of Brasília (IESB), currently on extended leave.

Previously, he was an expert and coordinator of the Brazilian National Preventive Mechanism against Torture (NPM), and has worked for the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), International Bar Association's Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI), World Vision, and for civil society organizations.

Rafael holds Master’s degrees in Development Studies from the Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies in Geneva and in Law from the Universidade Federal do Ceará.