An insight into the work of a harm reduction NGO in Portugal

January 12, 2013

Drugreporter proudly presents the second part of HCLU’s documentary on Portugal's reformist drug policy approach.

In this documentary we give you an insight into the everyday work of an NGO working with vulnerable people, such as people who use drugs, and sex workers.

Ten years after decriminalization, the HCLU film crew travelled to Lisbon and Porto to get first a good overview of how Portugal succeeded with the reforms and what lessons could be learned. On this occasion, besides our first movie dedicated to the general situation in Portugal, we recorded a short movie about our Portuguese partner in European Drug Policy Initiative,  APDES (Agência Piaget para o Desenvolvimento).

ADPES is a major promoter of integrated development, helping vulnerable people and communities suffering as a result of segregation. They address complex issues including healthcare, employment and education, while seeking to empower these citizens and reinforce social cohesion. The organization, founded in 2004, is active in socially-sensitive action research, uses participative methodologies, encourages people to be critical constituents, and promotes the importance of being politically active on all levels.

Watch our movie to see how this works in reality. Also share if you like it!

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