Rights in Exile Programme

Refugee Legal Aid Information for Lawyers Representing Refugees Globally

Brazil - COI

According to UNHCR statistics for 2011, 1,045 refugees and people in refugee-like situations originated from Brazil.

As UNHCR statistics generally rely on data from host countries, statistics on refugees alone can give an insufficient account of refugee numbers, as some host countries will not grant refugee status to certain groups. Including statistics for individuals in refugee-like situations is an attempt to account for unrecognised refugees and does not include stateless and internally displaced persons.

These statistics, which are for 2011, are the latest available, are provisional, and are subject to change. 

Click here  to see the host countries of refugees originating from Brazil.

Henrique Rabello de Carvalho (LGBTI)

Email: henrique [dot] carvalhoataol [dot] com 

Henrique Rabello de Carvalho is a lawyer from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, specialising in Gender and Sexuality at the State University of Rio de Janeiro (UERJ) and in Legal Philosophy at Universidad Carlos III (Spain). He holds degree in law from the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro and is a Ph.D. candidate at University of Buenos Aires Law School.
He served as International Refugee Law expert for the Brazilian Ministry of Justice and the United Nations in Brazil from 2007 to 2010. Henrique has acted as expert consultant to a number of refugees persecuted for reasons of political opinion and/or sexual orientation from countries in Africa and Latin America. He has completed expert reports and petitions for asylum cases which have included minority rights such as LGBTI rights, women's rights, and ethnic and religious groups.

He is a member of the Brazilian Bar Association, the American Society of International Law (USA) and the Human Rights Lawyers Association (UK). He is also a member and attorney of the LGBTI Rights Commission of the Brazilian Bar Association, and professor of International Law at the Centre for Women Rights in Rio de Janeiro. His research focuses on Sexuality and the Law, International Refugee Law and LGBTI rights in Iran and Iraq.

Dr. Liliana L. Jubilut

Email: lljubilutatgmail [dot] com

Dr Jubliut has a Phd and a Master in International Law from Universidade de Sao Paulo, an LLM in International Legal Studies from NYU and has been a Visiting Scholar at Columbia Law School and a Visiting Fellow at the Refugee Law Initiative. She has been working with refugees' issues in Brazil since 1999. She is a member of IOM's Migration Research Leaders Syndicate and is a Migration Research and Publishing High-Level Adviser for the same Organization. Nowadays she teaches International Refugee Law, International Law, International Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law and continues to research and consult on the topics. She is available for information on Refugee Status Determination in Brazil.

Dr. Andrea Pacheco Pacifico

Email: apacificoathotmail [dot] com
R. Con. A. F. de Vasconcelos, 138/202, Jatiuca, Maceio, Alagoas, 57036 470, Brazil
Tel: +55 82 99 76 33 88 and +55 82 32 35 39 25

Dr Pacifico has a PhD in Social Sciences at PUC/SP, a LLM/MA at Lancaster University and LLB at UFAL,  a Post-Doc at the York University Centre for Refugee Studies, and Visiing Research Fellow at the Oxford University Refugee Studies Centre. Dr Pacifico has been a lawyer with expertise on human rights of refugee and forced migrants for more than 10 years.

Siddharth Kara

Email:  siddharth_karaathks [dot] harvard [dot] edu

Siddharth Kara is one of the world's foremost experts on human trafficking and contemporary slavery. He is the Director of the Program on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where he is also an Adjunct Lecturer and teaches the only course on human trafficking at HKS. In addition, Kara is a Visiting Scientist on Forced Labor at the Harvard School of Public Health. Kara is the author of  Sex Trafficking: Inside the Business of Modern Slavery , co-winner of the prestigious 2010 Frederick Douglass Award at Yale University for the best non-fiction book on slavery. Sex Trafficking is the first book on modern forms of slavery to win the prize. Kara's second book,  Bonded Labor: Tackling the System of Slavery in South Asia  was released in October, 2012. Just as  Sex Trafficking  provided the first comprehensive overview of the global sex trafficking industry,  Bonded Labor  provides the first comprehensive overview of the system of debt bondage endemic to South Asia. Kara currently advises the United Nations, International Labour Organisation, the U.S. Government, and several other governments on anti-trafficking policy and law. Kara has testified before the U.S. Congress and several foreign Parliaments on his research. Kara's has also appeared extensively in the media as an expert on modern slavery, including on CNN, the BBC, the Guardian, CNBC, National Geographic, and numerous documentary films.

Fabiano L. de Menezes

São Paulo, Brazil
Email: f [dot] demenezesatuol [dot] com [dot] br
Tel: +55 (13) 97 26 71 32

National refugee law, regional asylum procedures

Fabiano L. de Menezes is currently studying for his PhD, a comparative study of law, integration, assistance and reception benefits for asylum seekers and refugees in Latin America, at the University of São Paulo. Previously, he worked as a lawyer for Caritas Diocesana de Santos between 2003 and 2010, where he was responsible for the refugee centre in the city of Santos in São Paulo State, representing asylum seekers and refugees with the local immigration authorities and assisisting them in requesting asylum from the National Refugee Committee. He holds an MA in International Relations from the University of New South Wales, Australia (2003), and an LLM from the Catholic University of Santos (2006). His regional expertise is with national refugee law and procedures (Brazil, Argentina, Equador, Venezuela and Panama). He speaks Portuguese, English and Spanish.