Susanne (Suzy) Camelia-Römer was born on January 4, 1959 in Willemstad, Curaçao.
Suzy was particularly inspired by her mother, who during her lifetime was President of the Credit Union, a member of the Caribbean Church Women and the Steering Committee for Women. Mrs. Thelma was also a founding member of the “Damas di Djarason” (the Wednesday Ladies), the women’s group within the political party Nationale Volkspartij (nowadays Partido Nashonal di Pueblo) that promoted emancipation in the 1950’s.
After completing her primary and secondary school education in Curaçao, Suzy left for the Netherlands for further studies. She graduated in Civil and Commercial Law, and Criminal and Criminal Proceedings Law at the University of Groningen in 1984. Before and after her graduation she served as a scientific research assistant in the Faculty of Law. In 1986 she returned to Curaçao and established herself as a private practice lawyer.
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