Sao Paulo, Brazil

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Christian lawyers Gilberto Ribeiro and Nadir Chagas from Sao Paulo, Brazil, attended the Fourth Latin American Christian Lawyers Convocation that ALA/RLAAC held in Guatemala City in 2004. Upon his return to Brazil, Gilberto and Nadir invited their most respected colleagues to join him in the creation of what today is the Christian Legal Institute of Brazil (Instituto dos Juristas Cristãos do Brasil – IJCB).

IJCB/Brazil has hosted several seminars on Christian ethics. The Brazilian team is actively involved in promoting high standards of ethics among lawyers. They serve as "pro-bono" lawyers, answering legal questions by phone, e-mail and in person.

Some of the major challenges facing Brazil include corruption, poverty and severe inequality as well as media attacks on the traditional family and the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. In order to confront these issues, IJCB has developed cooperation agreements with one of the most important Law Schools in the country, with the Brazilian Bible Society, with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), and with the Association of Christian Women of Brazil (Associação Crista Feminina do Brasil).

IJCB is a member of a Council that supervises a government program for the protection of witnesses; and participates in several permanent commissions of the Sao Paulo Bar Association.

Working closely with Gilberto Ribeiro are Adriano Damasio, President of the Board; Jose Victor Carrieri, Secretary of the Board, and Sonia Andreotti C. Frigoli, Financial Director.


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