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Meet the first Muslim federal judge in the world's largest Catholic country

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Ali Mazloum is one of millions of migrants whose story illustrates the determination and success of so many Lebanese refugees. When his father Mohammed arrived in Brazil in 1950, he could never have known that his son would one day become a federal judge. In what is the world's largest Roman Catholic country, Ali Mazloum is the first Muslim of Lebanese descent to occupy such a position.

Ali Mazloum's parents went to Brazil looking for work, like the majority of Lebanese immigrants at that time. His father worked as a street vendor and then ran a furniture store. Their son Ali was born in 1960, and is one of eight siblings.

At university level, Mazloum studied architecture, but was not interested in working in this field. This prompted him to go back and enrol in the Faculty of Law, from which he graduated in 1987. "I went to architecture school, but I fell in love with law," he told me.

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After graduating, he was appointed as a police chief before serving as a prosecutor.........

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