April 8, International Roma Day, is an occasion to both reflect on the history and culture of the Romani people and to confront contemporary threats to Roma human rights and dignity. The FXB Center for Health and Human Rights and CES will mark this day with a dialogue between two prominent Roma advocates.
Damian Draghici is an internationally recognized musician, former Romanian senator, and current member of the European Parliament. Dr. Margareta Matache, a noted Roma rights scholar and activist, is currently a researcher and instructor at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. For 7 years Matache served as Executive Director of Romani CRISS, a leading Roma NGO whose advocacy and promotion of Roma rights has contributed to much-needed legal reforms. The discussion will be moderated by Jacqueline Bhabha, Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Director of Research at the FXB Center, and Jeremiah Smith Jr. Lecturer at Harvard Law School.