Activist & Federal Deputy
Sonia is from the Guajajara/Tentehar People, who inhabit the forests of the Araribóia Indigenous Land in the state of Maranhão, Brazil. She stands out for her fight for the rights of Indigenous Peopless and the environment. Sonia was the first Indigenous woman to be elected federal deputy for the state of São Paulo in Brazil in 2022. That same year, she was selected by Times magazine as one of the 100 most influential people in the world.
As an activist leader in defense of the rights of Indigenous Peopless and the environment, Sonia has a voice in the UN Human Rights Council. Between 2009 and 2021, she made several appearances and statements at the World Climate Conferences (COP) and the European Parliament.