Carolina Brandão

Carolina Brandão is a Legal Fellow with the Foundation’s Docket initiative. Prior to CFJ, she was a Human Rights and Potts Scholar at the University of Pennsylvania, where she earned her LL.M. degree. As a legal scholar, she coordinated human rights activities on relevant issues, such the Ukraine War and Gender-Based violence. She also served as the Director of the LL.M. Pro-Bono Committee and as a researcher at the International Human Rights Association (IHRA), where she focused her studies on arbitrary detentions in Bhasan Char. In Brazil, she worked as an Associate Lawyer at a local boutique criminal-law firm. Along with participating in numerous high-profile white-collar legal actions and investigations, she handled many of the firm’s pro-bono cases. An impassioned advocate of prison reform and social equity & inclusion, in 2019 she co-founded an NGO dedicated to helping inmates break the cycle of recidivism inherent to Brazil’s incarceration system. She earned an LL.B. from the Pontifical Catholic University and an LL.M. from the Getúlio Vargas Foundation, both located in São Paulo, Brazil. She speaks Portuguese, English, Spanish and conversational French.