FJA Shortlist 2022

Category: Outstanding Investigative Reporting

Authors: Fabio Teixeira, Emily Costa (Brazil)

Welcome to Brazil? Venezuelan Workers Exploited Under Aid Program

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Operation Welcome's resettlement program in Brazil found exposing Venezuelan migrants to exploitation and slave labor

After crossing the border from crisis-hit Venezuela into Brazil in late 2019, Henrique had one goal: find work to provide for his wife and children and send money to relatives at home.

The 45-year-old secured a job in February 2020 as a truck driver via Operaçao Acolhida (Operation Welcome), the government program that provides humanitarian aid to Venezuelans who have fled turmoil and helps them to resettle in Brazil and find work.