From the office of:

Susan Wild

Sending Office: Honorable Susan Wild
Sent By:

Urge Secretary Pompeo to Promote Human Rights in Brazil

Deadline: COB Thursday, 2/28

Current co-signers: Reps. Alan S. Lowenthal, Raúl M. Grijalva, James P. McGovern, Mark Pocan, Ro Khanna, Jamie Raskin, Charlie Crist, Ilhan Omar, Deb Haaland, Brian Higgins, José E. Serrano, Adriano Espaillat, Chris Pappas, Angie Craig

Supportive organizations: AFL-CIO, United Steelworkers (USW), United Automobile Workers (UAW), United Food and Commercial Workers International Union (UFCW), Center for Economic and Policy Research (CEPR)

Dear Colleague:

Please join me on a letter to Secretary Pompeo urging him to make promoting human rights in Brazil a priority. We are deeply concerned that since the election of far-right candidate Jair Bolsonaro as president, the rights of the LGBTQ+ community and other
minority communities, women, labor rights activists, and political dissidents in Brazil have been under attack.

Throughout his political career, Bolsonaro has made flagrantly homophobic, misogynistic, and racist statements. In a clear sign of the dangers faced by Brazil’s LGBTQ+ community and political dissidents, the first openly gay member of Brazil’s National Congress,
Jean Wyllys, recently announced that he would resign his position and leave Brazil due to fears for his safety amidst rising violence and intimidation against LGBTQ+ individuals.

Bolsonaro has also repeatedly expressed hostility toward democracy, affirmed admiration for the military dictatorship that brutally ruled Brazil from 1964 to 1985, praised torture, and pledged to attack dissidents.

Rather than speaking out against this threat to Brazil’s hard-won democratic gains, the President of the United States, Secretary of State, and other top Administration officials have instead enthusiastically praised Bolsonaro in public statements.

I urge you to sign on to this letter because we need to make clear that the United States is dedicated to defending the human rights of the people of Brazil.

If you would like to sign on or have any questions, please contact Yann Schinazi ( in my office. 

Susan Wild