Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo

Brazilian police officer

Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo is a Brazilian police officer. [1] In 2012 she received the International Women of Courage Award. [2]

Pricilla de Oliveira Azevedo received the International Women of Courage Award in 2012.


In 1998, de Oliveira joined the Rio de Janeiro military police. In 2000 she started work in street operations. [1] In 2007, she was attacked and kidnapped. She escaped and arrested three of her kidnappers.[3][4]

In 2008 she became head of the first “Police Pacification Unit” (UPP) in Rio de Janeiro.[1][3][2] In 2013, a man disappeared in Rocinha. The officers of the Police Pacification Unit were accused of being part of the crime. De Oliveira became head of the police unit. [5][2]


In 2012 De Oliveira received the International Women of Courage award, and Veja magazine named her Defender of the City.[1][2]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 "2012 International Women of Courage Award Winners". Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Jonathan Watts. "Voices of Brazil: the police chief pioneer". the Guardian. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Meet Major Pricilla: the woman pacifying Rio's favelas ahead of the World Cup". 19 October 2013. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  4. Zhang Jingya. "Americas Now 07/28/2014 Game changer- Pricilla de oliveira Azevedo - CCTV News - English". Archived from the original on 19 July 2018. Retrieved 10 June 2015.
  5. "BBC News - Favela life: Rio's city within a city". BBC News. Retrieved 10 June 2015.

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