Rumyan Russinov

Rumyan Russinov is a leading activist of the Romani movement in Europe. In 1997, he led a national campaign for the adoption of Government policies to combat discrimination against Roma in his native Bulgaria. Mr. Russinov has served as Director of the Open Society Institute, a Roma Participation Program based in Budapest. Since 2005, he is Deputy Director of the Roma Education Fund.

n 2002, on my way to the United States Congress where a hearing on the education of Roma was being held, I was asked by the taxi driver where I come from and what was the purpose of my trip. I told him I was going to testify before the Congress about the problems faced by Roma in education.