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Soraia Da Costa Batista

Lawyer and process coordinator

"The fundamental law stipulates: All people are equal before the law. No one may be [...] preferred or disadvantaged. - Unfortunately, the reality is often different. But since there can be no freedom without equality, we must help the vulnerable groups in our society in particular to achieve equality."

Soraia Da Costa Batista joined the GFF's legal team in 2021 and, together with Lea Beckmann, coordinates proceedings focusing on equal rights and anti-discrimination.
She studied law in Freiburg im Breisgau and Berlin and was a long-time staff member of the Humboldt Law Clinic Fundamental and Human Rights. Her work there focused on national and international human rights protection, law enforcement, and critical and queer feminist legal studies. In her activities, she worked closely with advocacy groups.
Most recently, she completed her legal clerkship at the Department for Sexualized Violence and LGBTI* Hate Crime of the Berlin Public Prosecutor's Office, at the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights e.V. and at the Federal Ministry of Labor and Social Affairs in the area of business and human rights, as well as at the Federal Constitutional Court, among others.

Seeing law as an opportunity to balance societal and social inequalities toward greater justice has led Soraia Da Costa Batista into the world of jurisprudence. She is convinced that law has an emancipatory potential that must be used to enforce fundamental and human rights.

Vulnerable groups in particular often face discrimination in their daily lives. In close cooperation with civil society organizations, access to justice should be made possible for them.

In the past, Soraia Da Costa Batista has worked on various topics related to fundamental and human rights. At the GFF, Soraia Da Costa Batista is responsible for the focus on equal rights and anti-discrimination together with Lea Beckmann.

Topics for interviews and background discussion

  • National anti-discrimination law, especially LADG
  • International human rights protection
  • LGBTIQ* rights
  • Racism and police