International Program and Trainee Coordinator
József has seven years of experience working in the non-profit sector with an abiding interest in civil rights and social justice for the Roma population. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Eötvös Loránd University in Hungary. During a semester as Legislative Assistant in the office of U.S. Representative Trent Franks (R-AZ) which was sponsored through the Lantos-Humanity In Action program, he conducted policy research on domestic and international legislation regarding juvenile justice and the foster care system. Previously, József worked as a systems’ analyst with the Roma Education Fund (REF) preparing a desktop study on the social dimension of REF’s Roma beneficiaries pursuing studies in higher education. Formerly, József was a volunteer for the Phiren Amenca Foundation, a community-based nonprofit organization focusing on the general recognition of the Roma Holocaust. For 10 months, he spent his civic service as an EVS volunteer in Brussels, working for ERGO Network, supporting a youth employment campaign in fighting against antigypsyism. József created, hosted, and organized numerous training workshops for Hungarian Roma and non-Roma, possesses good knowledge on the workings of the Council of Europe and the operating principles of the European Union. Through these experiences, he developed a strong commitment to active participation in the social inclusion of disadvantaged peoples. As a highly motivated student and a world traveler, he is proficient in qualitative research, conflict management, and investigations of hate speech and hate crimes. He wants to use his and others’ experiences to work on important issues affecting his and similar communities.