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[caption id="attachment_14799" align="alignleft" width="200"] Jennifer Chisholm[/caption] Jennifer is a researcher specializing in urban issues and housing rights in Rio de Janeiro. A native of Cleveland, Ohio, USA she is currently studying for a PhD in Sociology at the University of Cambridge, and is a Visiting Researcher at the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro.

What do you do if you’re living on public land, in a house that your great-grandparents built in an era before strict housing regulations, and the government suddenly decides to evict you? This dilemma afflicts several informal settlements known as favelas, along with other occupations of public land by traditional communities. With a political landscape increasingly intolerant of these...

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