Anamaria Santos Fonseca Sousa

Assistant Teacher and PhD Student, University of Bristol Law School

Anamaria’s research is focused on forced migration, ethnicity, integration and citizenship and hostile environment, sex work, women’s rights, intersectionality, and Marxist feminism. Her PhD project is provisionally titled ‘England’s hostile environment: Addressing sex work as an attempt to mitigate the impacts of destitution for women who are denied asylum’.

Anamaria has been a visiting lecturer at University of the Gambia and Editor-in-Chief of the Gambia Law Review. She is a qualified lawyer from Brazil and a member of the Order of the Attorneys of Brazil (OAB). She holds an LLM in Human Rights Law from the University of Bristol, where she was a Santander Scholarship Recipient; a Specialist degree in Public Law from Faculdade Baiana de Direito (Baiana Law School), Brazil; and a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) from Universidade Estadual do Sudoeste da Bahia (State University of Southwestern Bahia) (UESB), Brazil.

She is currently a member of the University of Bristol’s Human Rights Implementation Centre and a research assistant for the projects ‘Scrutinising the immigration system through collaborative filmmaking with refugees and asylum seekers’ and ‘Improved learning outcomes for young refugees in the UK’. Anamaria is also part of the Human Rights Clinic of UESB, where she is also responsible for conducting research on the ‘South American context of interiorization and integration of migrants: a case study of the Venezuelan diaspora in relation to Brazil’. This project looks at the role of the Brazilian state in the lives of unaccompanied children in shelters, the challenges of integrating refugee women in the host state in relation to work and violence, and the construction of durable solutions for refugees in Bahia.

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