Maylis de Verneuil
Maylis de Verneuil is a French-trained attorney who has been working for the past ten years in humanitarian missions with different organizations throughout the world, including the International Committee of the Red Cross, the United Nations, OSCE and NGOs. She researched on migration issues and on the protection of minority rights in the Balkans, and received her PhD in Human Rights from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna (Pisa) in 2016, with a PhD thesis entitled “Statelessness of Romani Individuals in the Western Balkans: Negligence or Discrimination?”. She is currently managing two EU-funded projects, respectively on Child’s Rights and on Justice Reform in Albania.
Roma Active Albania
Roma Active Albania (RAA) was established in April 2006 to contribute to the empowerment and mobilisation of Roma, in order to bring them together in a Roma grassroots movement that can change the position of Roma and fight against exclusionary mechanisms. It lobbies and advocates on Roma issues at local, national and international levels. RAA is specialised in addressing issues, conducting analysis and developing new methods and strategies to tackle the exclusion of Roma people in Albania and Europe. RAA also supports the empowerment of women and youth. We were granted the European Commission 'Award on Roma Inclusion in Western Balkans and Turkey 2014' to honor the contribution and work of our organisation in supporting the social inclusion of Roma.
Roma Active Albania is an active and founding member of the ERGO network, and was a founding member of the TernYpe International Young Roma Network, supporting the efforts of Roma youth organisations.
Roma Active Albania website
Tirana Legal Aid Society
The Tirana Legal Aid Society (TLAS) is one of the foremost NGOs in Albania dealing with the issue of statelessness. TLAS offers free legal aid services for thousands of stateless children and adults and has continued to work for the improvement of the birth registration system in partnership with the Albanian Government. The TLAS mission is the fulfillment of the legal and social needs of the poor, education and raising of the awareness of Albanian society on the rule of law and human rights; initiatives on the improvement of the legal system, development of the community and strengthening of democracy in Albania.Tirana Legal Aid Society website