#StandWithBrisa

We stand in solidarity with Bolivian human rights activist Brisa De Angulo whose groundbreaking case will have a broad and far reaching impact for child victims of sexual violence

Bolivian human rights activist Brisa De Angulo

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Background

On March 29th-30th, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights (IACtHR) will hear the case Brisa De Angulo Losada v. Bolivia, a groundbreaking case on sexual violence in Bolivia. The case alleges that Bolivia violated the rights of Brisa De Angulo by effectively denying her justice after she was repeatedly raped and tortured by an adult family member in 2002 in Bolivia. This is the first time that the IACtHR will hear a case pertaining to the human rights violations of an adolescent victim of incest.

Unlike the majority of cases, Brisa De Angulo’s groundbreaking case is now before the highest court in the region. This case provides the IACtHR with the opportunity to boldly expand and deepen jurisprudence on sexual violence against children and adolescents.


Brisa and her legal team are asking the court to mandate Bolivia develop a comprehensive strategy to address sexual violence, especially incest, including changing the rape law to one based on consent, broad prevention measures, and measures to ensure effective administration of justice based on guidelines that reflect international best practices.

Suggested Script

Are you inspired to write to your leaders or local elected official about Brisa's case? If so, here is a suggested script for you to use and adapt.

Dear [elected official], When Brisa De Angulo was fifteen she was repeatedly raped by her adult cousin who was living with her family at the time. After eight months of sexual and emotional abuse, Brisa told her parents what she had been enduring. While they were immediately supportive and believed Brisa, others in her family and community were not as empathetic.


Many in Brisa’s community and extended family blamed her and were mad that her family was seeking justice against her rapist. They argued that by bringing her case to trial, Brisa would “bring shame” to the family name since the abuse was perpetrated by a family member. During this time, Brisa attempted suicide twice, and her family home was stoned and set on fire.


Despite these intimidation tactics, Brisa’s case made it to criminal trial. However, the judge and prosecutor painted Brisa as complicit in her own abuse. The judge even implied that Brisa couldn’t have been raped because she didn’t scream and the prosecutor tried to make her feel guilty for potentially ruining her abuser’s life if he was sent to prison.


In all, Brisa endured three trials in Bolivia but her rapist has yet to be held accountable for any of his crimes. The inability to access justice through the Bolivian legal system led Brisa to file her case before the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights (IACHR).


For survivors everywhere, I request you take notice of Brisa’s case and support our demands for justice.

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Read more detail about Brisa's campaign here.

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We are brave so that children can be safe

We are brave so that children can be safe. We proudly #StandWithBrisa

Brisa De Angulo, Esq. Survivor, lawyer, psychologist

. @ABreezeofHope is a survivor of childhood sexual violence and a tireless advocate for change. Her landmark case took Bolivia to the Inter-American Court of Human Rights ⚖️ I proudly #StandWithBrisa