Joana Fernandes

Joana is a Clarity Maker at Claro and a freelance consultant for the Portuguese Ministry of Justice. With a background in Law and Journalism, she is passionate about ensuring that everyone has equal access to information and is able to understand it, to reduce the gap between the privileged and those who struggle.

Since 2013, Joana has managed several language simplification projects for Portuguese businesses and government agencies. She wrote plain language court notices and summaries of Portuguese laws.

In 2020, she took part in an international Fair Trials project, writing accessible letters of rights (LOR) and training justice prosecutors, judges and lawyers to use of plain language. Negotiations are now being held with the Portuguese Office of the Attorney General of the Republic for the adoption of the accessible LOR.