The  Movimento dos Trabalhadores Rurais Sem Terra is a Homeless Workers Movement in Brazil. Since 1997, through a combination of direct confrontation and negotiation with the government, it struggles to reduce Brazil's deficit of roughly 8,000,000 housing units by staging squatters' occupations in the abandoned government buildings that litter Brazilian cities, resisting the often violent attempts by local governments to evict them and negotiating for their conversion into low-income housing. 

These photographs were taken in Prestes Maia.