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Flavio Alves

Flavio Alves is a Brazilian writer and a former member of the Brazilian navy. He is best known for his courageous book Toque de SilĂȘncio (Call to Silence), an autobiographical history of gays in the Brazilian navy. Mr. Alves has written for several Brazilian publications including O Globo and Jornal do Brasil. After the publication of his book, Mr. Alves became a popular television commentator in Brazil, op-ed writer, and highly regarded expert on the topics of gay rights and gays in the military.

In July 1997, to escape the increasingly hostile environment he was personally encountering in Brazil, Mr. Alves sought refuge in the United States. He filed for political asylum a few months later, with the help of the Immigrants and Refugee Rights Clinic at the City of New York University School of Law. In 1998, the U.S. Immigration and Naturalization Service granted him political asylum.

Alves holds a BA in Political Science from Columbia University, and has worked for Congressman Anthony Weiner and Senator Hillary Clinton. Flavio Alves lives in New York and is currently studying film production at NYU. As a director, he produced three short films. The most recent, Even in My Dreams, received the Technisphere Award, spring 2008, for best film.

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