Santa Marta Community in Rio Marks Six Years with UPP

By Jay Forte, Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - Today marks the sixth anniversary of Rio de Janeiro’s inaugural Police Pacification Unit (Unidade de Polícia Pacificadora, or UPP), installed in the Santa Marta favela community on December 19, 2008. While the UPP still faces challenges in other areas of Rio, in Santa Marta, also known as Dona Marta, the community is benefiting from stable security and an improved socio-economic environment.

In Santa Marta, which sits above Botafogo . . .

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