ERRC Board of Directors

The ERRC Board of Directors includes the following members:

Robert A. Kushen (USA) has served as the Chair of the Board of Directors of the ERRC since September 2011. Mr Kushen served as Executive Director of the ERRC from 2008 until September, 2011. He is engaged in many other initiatives related to Roma, including as Vice Chair of the Roma Education Fund Board and as Chair of the Board of the Roma Initiatives Office of the Open Society Institute.  Mr Kushen has worked in the areas of international law, human rights and health and development for over 20 years, holding senior positions in government, foundations and NGOs. 

Lilla Farkas (Hungary) in 1995, Lilla Farkas started working for the Budapest based Legal Defence Bureau for National and Ethnic Minorities. In 1998 Lilla became a member of the Budapest Bar Association and took up the position of staff attorney at the Hungarian Helsinki Committee, focusing on immigrants, detention and victims of police misconduct. In 2002 she earnt an LLM with merit from King’s College, London and in 2006 went on to work for the Chance for Children Foundation, an NGO specialising in actio popularis based strategic litigation combatting the segregation of Romani children in primary schools. Between 2005 and 2011 she served as president of the Hungarian Equal Treatment Authority’s Advisory Board. Lilla was senior country expert for the Fundamental Rights Agency and is now senior legal policy analyst for the Migration Policy Group. She is the race (Roma) ground coordinator of the European Network of Independent Experts in the Non-discrimination Field and member of the European Roma Rights Centre’s Board. In September 2014, Lilla will move to Florence to write her phd at the European University Institute.

Dan Pavel Doghi (Romania) is currently Higher Education Program Manager at the Roma Education Fund, in Budapest. He worked for seven years as Officer on Roma and Sinti Issues at the OSCE ODIHR Contact Point for Roma and Sinti Issues. Dan Doghi helped, since 1996, the development of few Roma organizations. During 2000-2003 he was Programme Coordinator at the Open Society Foundation's spin-off Resource Center for Roma Communities, in Cluj. He also worked, in 2004, as an advocacy fellow on Roma educational matters at the Public Interest Law Initiative of the Columbia University, in Budapest. He studied social work at Babes-Bolyai University in Cluj Napoca, Romania, and completed a postgraduate course in International Diplomacy at Malta University.

James A. Goldston (USA) is the Executive Director of the Open Society Justice Initiative. Previously, as Legal Director of the ERRC, he spearheaded the development of ground-breaking civil rights litigation before the European Court of Human Rights, United Nations treaty bodies, and domestic courts in 15 European countries. He has written widely on issues of human rights and racial discrimination. He has engaged in law reform fieldwork and investigated rights abuses in more than 30 countries in Africa, Asia, Europe, and Latin America. He is a Lecturer on Law at Columbia Law School.

Idaver Memedov (Macedonia) is a lawyer who presently serves as Officer on Roma and Sinti Issues at the OSCE ODIHR Contact point for Roma and Sinti Issues in Warsaw.  Previously he served as a staff attorney at the ERRC.

Abigail Smith (USA) is Senior Director of Financial Planning at the Spencer Cox Center for Health in New York. She has extensive international experience primarily in public health. Prior to joining the Spencer Cox Center, she was the West Africa Regional Manager for pediatric HIV/AIDS programs at the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative. From 2002 to 2007 she served as Director of Finance and Administration at Doctors of the World USA (now HealthRight International). Ms Smith’s for-profit experience includes seven years as Vice President at Cendant, Inc. an international consumer services company, and she served as Senior Vice President of Structured Web, an online marketing company. Ms. Smith has an MA and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? Western Balkan Roma and EU Visa Liberalisation

1 October 2014

This issue of Roma Rights draws attention to Roma from the Western Balkans and EU visa liberalisation. Migration of Roma from the Western Balkans has attracted significant attention, which at times amounts to hysteria. It has had an impact on migration policy both in countries of origin and target countries for migration. Romani migration has also become a common topic in public discourse, often framed in negatively by media and by public figures. The articles in this issue assess the motivations for Romani migration, the impact of migration policies on Roma, and the experience of Romani migrants. 

Roma Rights 1 2014: Going Nowhere? (PDF)

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Destruction des progrès, progression des destructions : Les femmes et enfants roms, citoyens européens en France

16 September 2014

Ce rapport traite plus particulièrement de la situation des Roms de Roumanie vivant dans des bidonvilles en France. Il n’aborde pas la problématique des droits humains des Roms d’autres pays, de l’UE ou non, ni des Roms français, Sinti, gens du voyage, Manouches, etc. 

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Destroying Progress/Progressing Destruction: EU Romani Women and Children in France

16 September 2014

This report specifically addresses the situation of EU Romani citizens from Romania living in informal settlements in France and does not deal with the particular human rights concerns of Roma from other EU and non-EU countries or French Roma, Sinti, Gens du Voyage, Manouche, etc. 

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