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Marek Balaz

12 November 2013

Marek Balaz was born on 13 July 1986 in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. He is currently studying at the St. Elizabeth University of Health and Social Work in Banska Bystrica, focusing on social work with Roma community.

Since 2005 he has been working in the NGO sector, where he volunteered in the field of education and upbringing of Roma children. Last year in September 2010 he started working for County association of Roma initiatives, a Roma NGO, on projects aimed at improving early care and development for Roma to enhance their school readiness and subsequent life opportunities, and at improving access to quality early care and development services for disadvantaged Roma children.

He started his internship with the European Roma Rights Centre in order to gain a complex view of issues that Roma face across Europe and to achieve personal development.
 

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ERRC submission to UN HRC on Hungary (February 2018)

14 February 2018

Written Comments of the European Roma Rights Centre concerning Hungary to the UN Human Rights Committee for consideration at its 122nd session (12 Narch - 6 April 2018).

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The Fragility of Professional Competence: A Preliminary Account of Child Protection Practice with Romani and Traveller Children in England

24 January 2018

Romani and Traveller children in England are much more likely to be taken into state care than the majority population, and the numbers are rising. Between 2009 and 2016 the number of Irish Travellers in care has risen by 400% and the number of Romani children has risen 933%. The increases are not consistent with national trends, and when compared to population data, suggest that Romani and Traveller children living in the UK could be 3 times more likely be taken into public care than any other child. 

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Families Divided: Romani and Egyptian Children in Albanian Institutions

21 November 2017

There’s a high percentage of Romani and Egyptian children in children’s homes in Albania – a disproportionate number. These children are often put into institutions because of poverty, and then find it impossible ever to return to their families. Because of centuries of discrimination Roma and Egyptians in Albania are less likely to live in adequate housing, less likely to be employed and more likely to feel the effects of extreme poverty.

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