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Mónica Catarino obtained her law degree at the “Universidade do Minho” (1995-2000) and completed a post-graduation course in criminology at the “Universidade Lusófona de Lisboa” in 2001. After carrying out a legal training period at the Portuguese Bar Association (“Ordem dos Advogados”) in 2001-2003 she has been working independently as a lawyer since May 2004.

Since 2001 she has been giving legal advice to immigrants and members of ethnic minorities on a voluntary basis at the association SOS Racismo. As part of her collaboration with this human rights association, Mónica has also participated actively in numerous initiatives, including the publication of assorted documents on the subject of immigration and ethnic minorities, legal training courses, debates, conferences, etc.

Mónica has been working with Númena since 2001 in the context of the national network of the RAXEN project (section: Legislation), which is promoted by the European Monitoring Centre on Racism and Xenophobia (EUMC). She is also participating in the recently approved study on Social Inclusion in the Roma Community. Furthermore, she has also collaborated with the ERRC (European Roma Rights Centre) in the preparation of a study on the Housing Conditions of the Roma Community in Portugal (2005). Recently (March 2006), she attended a course given as part of the SOLID Project - Strategies on Litigation against Discrimination in EU Countries.

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