Isabela is a MSc Candidate in Latin American Studies at the University of Oxford and a women’s rights advocate. Her professional career has been focused particularly on the rights, safety and wellbeing of survivors of gender-based violence. She read for a Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Sao Paulo, in Brazil, and worked as a law clerk at the Criminal Court of Appeal of Sao Paulo State. In Oxford, Isabela volunteered as an immigration advisor at Asylum Welcome, which spurred further her interest in the topic of migration. Since August 2020, Isabela has been the Service Manager for the Violence Against Women and Girls team, at Latin American Women’s Rights Service, in London.
Isabela’s research interest is to analyse how structural barriers and institutional racism impact the experience of Latin American women survivor of gender-based abuse in the UK. She takes a trauma-informed approach to investigate intertwined factors such as violence against women and girls, migration, community resilience, discrimination and public policies.