Access to Health Care in Prisons during the Pandemic

October 13, 2020 • 12:30 PM • Virtual

Fábio Amado De Souza Barretto, Brazilian public defender and head of the human rights department at the public defense office in Rio de Janeiro (Defensoria Publica do Estado do Rio de Janeiro) & Irmina Pacho, Associate Legal Officer, Litigation Team, Open Society Justice Initiative (OSJI) will discuss the right to health care in prisons in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic. Mr. De Souza Barretto will discuss a case filed in Brazil on behalf of prisoners, and Ms. Pacho will discuss the relevant international human rights framework, including based on the OSJI report, "The Right to Health Care in Prison during the COVID-19 Pandemic," and an amici curiae brief filed by OSJI. Moderated by Aya Fujimura-Fanselow, Clinical Professor of Law (Teaching), and Supervising Attorney, International Human Rights Clinic. The event is part of the Duke Law Human Rights in Practice series organized by the Center for International and Comparative Law and the International Human Rights Clinic. Co-sponsors: Duke Human Rights Center at the Franklin Humanities Institute; Duke Human Rights Center at the Kenan Institute for Ethics; Health Justice Clinic; Health Law Society; Human Rights Law Society; International Law Society; and, Latin American Law Students Association. Open to all. Join at; info on alternative virtual access available at closer to the date. For more information, contact Balfour Smith at