Brazil

Overview:  Brazil and the United States maintained strong counterterrorism cooperation in 2022.  The Brazilian Federal Police (PF), Brazil’s lead CT agency, worked closely with law enforcement from the United States and other nations to assess and mitigate potential terrorist threats.  The Brazilian government continued to support CT activities, including controlling sensitive technologies and investigating fraudulent travel documents.

2022 Terrorist Incidents:  There were no significant terrorist incidents in Brazil in 2022.

Legislation, Law Enforcement, and Border Security:  There were no major changes to CT legislation in 2022.  Nevertheless, the Embassy Law-Enforcement Working Group worked closely with its Brazilian colleagues to enforce existing CT laws.

Countering the Financing of Terrorism:  Brazil is a member of FATF and GAFILAT (the Financial Action Task Force of Latin America).  Its FIU, the Council for Financial Activities Control, is a member of the Egmont Group.  There were no significant changes in 2022.

For further information on money laundering and financial crimes, see the 2022 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, Volume 2, Money Laundering and Financial Crimes.

Countering Violent Extremism:  The U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Homeland Security Investigations agency (HSI) routinely shares information on online threats to schools with Brazil’s Ciberlab; the latter then distributes information to contacts in appropriate states for investigation and action.  In 2022, HSI shared information on 131 social media users who had stated their intention to commit school massacres or other acts of violence.  Using that information, Brazilian law enforcement identified 24 subjects and made eight arrests.

International and Regional Cooperation:  Brazil participated in regional CT fora, including the following:

  • The OAS Inter-American Committee Against Terrorism
  • The Brazil, India, PRC, Russia, and South Africa Joint Working Group on CT
  • The MERCOSUR working group on terrorism and sub-working group on financial issues

Argentina, Brazil, and Paraguay coordinated law enforcement efforts in the TBA by means of their Trilateral TBA Command.

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