Latin America Regional Advisory Council /

Cecília Olliveira

A journalist by profession, Cecília Olliveira has dedicated her career to covering violence and drug and arms trafficking. She is the founder and executive director of Fogo Cruzado Institute, an organisation that uses technology to generate and distribute open and collaborative data on armed violence in Brazil.

Cecília also co-founded the news portal Intercept Brasil, and serves as director of the Brazilian Association of Investigative Journalism (ABRAJI). She has previously worked as a consultant for Amnesty International and a communications advisor for the PRVL (Programme for the Reduction of Lethal Violence against Adolescents and Young People), an initiative undertaken by the Favelas Observatory in collaboration with UNICEF and the Human Rights Secretariat of the Presidency of the Republic of Brazil.

Cecília holds a postgraduate degree in Crime and Public Security from the Federal University of Minas Gerais. She studied drug policy, HIV, and human rights at the University of Texas and participated in the “Latin American Advocacy Fellowship Program on Drug Policy Reform” of Open Society Foundations. In 2020, Cecília was a finalist for the Reporters Without Borders Press Awards, an honour that recognises courageous voices in global media.