Emilia Bretan is from São Paulo, Brazil. She holds a PhD in law, with emphasis on criminal law, criminology and child rights. For over a decade, she juggled different professional roles in child rights and criminal justice system areas: a masters and then doctoral student, a professor and trainer of undergrad, post-grad students and civil society organizations, co-founded and co-managed a prison-university dialogue group that is now a national reference in terms of community intervention in prison (GDUCC), consulted and researched for national and international organizations such as UNDP and Plan International and managed a couple of projects. The experience that completely changed her career, was as the project manager for the Child Protection Partnership Brazil, an IICRD project funded by CIDA. Emilia joined IICRD as an Associate in 2012, and is now transitioning to a full time career as an Evaluator for International Development Programs (M&E), with a focus in qualitative evaluation (e.g. Outcome Mapping). She is currently (2014) involved in a World Bank Technical Assistance (Drought Preparedness and Climate Change Resilience in Brazil). She strongly believes in participation, especially in empowering vulnerable populations to manifest their opinion be heard and have their perspectives considered.