Migrant Crisis: Brazil and Border Security – a humanitarian emergency

August 9, 2018 | Brainwave Science

Brainwave Science iCognative can solve Brazil Migration Crisis


A judge in Brazil blocked Venezuelan migrants from crossing the border to seek refuge from food shortages and political unrest that has wracked their country in recent years. According to Guardian report published just 24 hours back, “[Venezuelans] are entering Brazil and seeking refuge because of the vulnerable situation they find themselves in,” said Sister Telma Lage of the nonprofit Migration and Human Rights Institute, according to the Guardian. “What we fear is the lack of options for those near to the border.” To add to the confusion just hours after the closing of border was issued by Justice Helder Barreto, within 48 hours, three different courts issued contradictory rulings on the border, as Brazilian authorities struggle to deal with the growing humanitarian emergency in the north-western state of Roraima.  Over the past years, tens of thousands of Venezuelans have taken refuge in Brazil to flee the economic hardships in their home country.

As media reports, “Marilene da Souza, a Brazilian who volunteers with an evangelical church to provide services to Venezuelans, said many continue to suffer even after arriving.”

More than 56,000 Venezuelans have sought refuge in Brazil since 2015, straining healthcare and social services, according to the Guardian. In Roraima, one of Brazil’s poorest and least populated states, health attendances reportedly surged 6,500% last year alone, while crime rates also increased.


According to a report from Migration Policy Institute, “Venezuelan exodus that began in 2014 is now the fastest-escalating displacement of people across borders in Latin American history. The deepening political, economic, and humanitarian crisis in Venezuela has led to the mass movement of people across the region—mostly to Colombia, Ecuador, and Peru—and beyond. Estimates of Venezuelans on the move are imprecise but range from 1.6 million to 4 million people abroad as of early 2018.”

Brazil is facing a severe migration crisis due to political and socio-economic unrest in Venezuela. There has been a rage in Brazil regarding open-door migration policy that seems to cause unrest among Brazilians. In neighboring Colombia reports have been rampant that ‘Venezuelan migrants are drifting into organized crime and Colombia’s cocaine trade.’

Venezuela’s swelling tide of migrants’ tests Brazil’s limits, can Brazil continue to ignore the rising toll of makeshift homeless shelters, raising concerns about drugs and crime?


Why iCognative?

iCognative by Brainwave Science is designed to offer a powerful specific screening solution for border agents, immigration officers, and customs officials. Created with performance and practicality in mind, iCognative is meant to detect concealed information of any individual who causes suspicion or has been identified as a highly suspect individual with a past criminal history.

Most importantly, iCognative as an intelligent technology developed only by Brainwave Science, does not require intelligence on that specific person’s biographical information or past history, because it can reveal whether the person may be concealing specific incriminating information related to criminal activities. iCognative specific screening tests safely and non-invasively analyzes brain responses of the person to identify whether a person is a possible criminal or a drug trafficker. While biomarkers such as fingerprints and retina scan used in immigration and customs help identify the individual on paper, it does not confirm if the person or lead suspect is a threat to national security. The information of likely threat and plan to cause havoc is stored in the brain.

In the case of rising unrest in Brazil due to migration crisis, Brazilian law enforcement agencies can utilize the efficiencies of iCognative technology to combat and screen individuals entering from Venezuela who might pose threat to peace and security.
Law Enforcement investigators in Brazil’s northern state of Roraima can use specific investigations details they have regarding suspects who are working as drug traffickers to conduct a iCognative test. Details such as types of drugs, photos and locations of sites of crime, names of gang members, criminal networks working with migrant suspects along with other details can be used as stimuli for the test. It can help distinguish who among the suspects are actually criminals/perpetrators and who are innocent. By analyzing specific brain responses called the P300 and P300 MERMER, the solution safely and non-invasively verifies whether the information contained in the person’s account is present in his/her brain.

Investigation and background checks are exorbitantly time-consuming, interrogation is most often unreliable, and biometric identification cannot reveal what information the person is harboring. These significant shortcomings underscore Brazil’s slow and inefficient response to a humanitarian crisis that is exponentially growing per day. iCognative technology’s capability to detect whether specific information is stored in a person’s brain is unparalleled—no other security solution in the world offers a powerful specific screening solution that is able to efficiently answer to the magnitude of the migrant crisis facing Brazil.

Source: The Guardian

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