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As former director of the Sou da Paz Institute, Melina Risso has worked on public safety issues for over ten years. Her work is connected to developing and improving public policies on violence prevention, police reform and social development. She also worked to enhance and strengthen partnerships between government and non-governmental organizations.

She has led researches on gun control, the use of force by the police and improvements in the criminal justice system. She is a member of the Brazilian Forum on Public Security, Pense Livre Network and an adviser to COMUDA (the City Council Policy on Drugs and Alcohol). Melina also served as a member of CONASP (National Council of Public Security) and CONJUVE (National Young Council) in partnership with the Federal Government.

Melina is a PhD candidate and Masters in Government and Public Administration at Getulio Vargas Foundation (FGV) and graduated with a Master´s degree in Social Communication from ESPM