My research is currently concerned with the International Committee of the Red Cross' (ICRC) Safer Access (SA) program in Brazil. SA’s aim is to facilitate access to public education and health care in favelas, by instructing health care and school staff, as well as pupils, on how to behave during events of armed violence. This is a peculiar development for global humanitarianism, which has traditionally been concerned with settings of “war”, where it operates to provide emergency medical assistance to populations in need. Thus, at issue here are the limits of global humanitarianism as we know it: what happens when it is deployed in places of ongoing, everyday urban violence rather than sites of (perceived) momentary crisis? In this project, I investigate how the ICRC’s expertise interacts with understandings of violence among state actors, public education and health care staff, and favela residents to produce emerging forms of governance in Brazilian favelas.