Jaime Alves is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the College of Staten Island/CUNY. His research interest includes racialized policing practices, mass incarceration and black urban life in Brazil and Colombia. Before joining CSI/CUNY Jaime served as visiting professor and affiliated researcher at the Africana Research Center (Penn State) and at the Centro de Estudios Afrodiaspóricos, Universidad Icesi (Colombia). As an activist anthropologist he has been working with the black movement and abolitionist projects in Brazil, Colombia, and the United States.
Maria Luisa Mendonça is a visiting scholar at the Center for Place, Culture and Politics, the Graduate Center of the City University of New York (CUNY). She holds a PhD in Human Geography from the Department of Philosophy, Literature and Social Sciences at University of Sao Paulo (USP). She is the founder of Rede Social de Justiça e Direitos Humanos (Network for Social Justice and Human Rights) in Brazil and the editor of the book “Human Rights in Brazil,” which has been published annually since 2000.