Event on justice in early childhood discusses Habeas Corpus to release imprisoned women
Eloísa Machado de Almeida, professor of FGV’s Sao Paulo Law School (Direito SP), attended the roundtable “Imprisoned mothers and their children: abiding by the legal framework of early childhood” held on September 18, in Brasília. The subject came under the spotlight after the Supreme Federal Court (STF) ruling granting the Collective Habeas Corpus 143.641 filed by the Human Rights Lawyers Collective (CADHu), which defended the immediate release of women who were pregnant or had children under the age of 12 in temporary custody, granted by justice Ricardo Lewandowski.
As the coordinator of Direito SP’s Supreme Court in Focus project, Almeida was one of the lawyers who led the movement requesting the STF to grant the HC. The debate was featured in the seminar titled “Justice Begins at Childhood: the Era of Positive Rights”, held by the Brazilian Ministry of Justice in Brasília, which also included the President of the STF, justice Dias Toffoli, Attorney-General, Raquel Dodge, and the minister of Justice, Torquato Jardim, among other authorities.
According to Almeida, the HC has a historical importance, underlining that this decision “expands the possibilities of preserving human rights in several different areas. This was an urgent and civilizing measure for those women and their children”.
Besides this subject, the seminar also discussed the Brazilian Constitution’s 30th Anniversary, issues regarding access to Justice in Early Childhood, and the Right to family and community living.