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Mobile Centre for Preventing Romani Discrimination

Combating discrimination Completed
2014-03-01 - 2015-08-31
272 234,84 PLN
242 999,20 PLN
Project description
Discrimination of Roma in Poland is a widespread phenomenon. The EU-MIDIS report – “European Union minorities and discrimination survey” (2009) confirms it. Roma face resentment, rejection, neglect and even aggression. Constant legal and psychological support is indispensable in such circumstances. Roma rarely report on the cases of discrimination to the authorities or to the media. As much as 78% of Roma respondents from Poland are unaware that the discrimination they face is against the law. Roma are unfamiliar with organizations that could help them. Additionally, in case of conflict between a Roma and a Polish community there are no mediators, who could help facilitating the discussions. The objective of the Mobile Center Against Discrimination of Roma was to make all types of support offered so far, including counseling, legal interventions and mediations, more systematic and sustainable. Additional plan was to spread awareness about discrimination and the means of combating discrimination among Roma and the representatives of Roma social circles. Thanks to the center 2,500 Roma received complex help in cases of discrimination. 100 Roma were trained on responding to situations involving discrimination. 162 representatives of the majority society including police officers and social workers gained knowledge about discrimination of Roma and about the special character of Roma culture. The activities carried out within the Center include: monitoring and analysis of 600 online materials on discrimination of Roma, 2,000 telephone consultations and 1,200 cases of legal advice for Roma who experienced discrimination, 71 mediations in conflict situations and dozens of interventions regarding discriminatory provisions. There were 10 training courses for Roma carried out and 10 others for the representatives of Roma social surroundings: police officers, city guards and employees of MOPS (Municipal Social Welfare Center). 2,750 people, including 2,600 Roma benefited from the wide range of the Center’s activities.
We use the grant for capacity building