Raquely Portela Malveira
Raquely Portela Malveira is a 23-year-old lawyer and human rights activist, born and raised in the Amazon, Brazil. She is enthusiast of international relations and wishes to become a diplomat.
Only one month after she became officially a lawyer, she founded the Commission on Refugees and Immigrants’ Rights of the Brazilian Bar Association of Amazonas. Since then, she presides a group of 20 lawyers who became central actors in the pursuit of sustainable and lasting peace. In 9 months, they were able to impact more than 840 families from Venezuela, Colombia, Chile, Cuba, Arabia and Haiti.
The Commission helps refugees to rebuild their lives in peace and security through human rights-based programs – they donate food, clothes and toys, reallocate refugees from the streets to shelters, provide free legal assistance, help with document issuing and diploma revalidation, offer free Portuguese courses, give lectures about Brazilian legislation and make awareness campaigns about the importance of their inclusion.
As a result of her good performance, she received a Motion of Congratulation from the Legislative Assembly of Amazonas and a Certificate of Honor, which was presented at the City Council of Manaus.
Raquely firmly believes that everyone deserves a second chance to be happy, to be free and to be who they really are. She found her purpose in life by fighting for refugees’ rights and she is ambitious to create a legacy by changing the world around her.