Terra de Direitos is a Human Rights organization working to defend, promote and seek enforcement of rights, especially economic, social, cultural and environmental rights (ESCER, or Dhesca in Portuguese).
The organization came into being in Curitiba (PR) in 2002, to work in situations of collective conflicts related to access to land and to rural and urban territories. Terra de Direitos is currently involved nationally and internationally in human rights issues and has offices in Santarém (PA), Curitiba (PR) and Brasília (DF).
The organization’s actions are developed through four areas of work: Land, Territory and Spatial Justice; Human Rights Policy and Culture; Biodiversity and Food Sovereignty; and Democratization of Justice.
Terra de Direitos uses public interest law as an action strategy. As such, it develops capacity building as well as working on strategic litigation and advocacy.
With regard to public interest law, the organization works with collective and community demands, in partnership with social movements, recognizing them as active subjects of social processes and fights for rights.
It prepares legal opinions, studies and reports to inform analyses of public policies, legislation and other strategies.
It undertakes strategic litigation in human rights, with the aim of building theses and jurisprudence capable of benefitting collective struggles for rights in Brazil.
It takes part in spaces of civil society articulation, both national and international, in addition to promoting actions aimed at human rights capacity building, advocacy and accountability.