Ambassador King Commemorates Victims of Roma Holocaust in Lety

On Sunday, May 13, U.S. Ambassador Stephen King attended the annual commemoration ceremony for the Romani victims of Nazism at the Lety Memorial. The gathering is traditionally organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), which brings together former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps who are Romani, ... Read More»

U.S. Diplomats Discuss in Prague and Brno Situation of Roma in Europe

Representatives of nine U.S. embassies from the region and representatives of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Helsinki Commission met in Prague and Brno last week to discuss current situation of Roma in the region. The representatives shared best practices, policies and projects that help to successfully integrate Roma people into major society ... Read More»

Ambassador King and City of Prague Sign Agreement in Support of Underserved Communities Students

On April 13, U.S. Ambassador Stephen King signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Prague in support of U.S. Embassy Prague’s Baruv Fellowship Program for students from underserved communities. The City of Prague has agreed to host a Baruv Fellow for nine months, providing training and paying the participant a monthly stipend. The ... Read More»

Four Companies Collaborate with the Embassy on the Baruv Fellowship Program

The U.S. Embassy on January 24 entered into four Public-Private Partnerships with The International School of Prague, Hill+Knowlton Strategies Czech, Red Hat Czech, and Vodafone Czech Republic to collaborate on the Baruv Fellowship Program, a program that since 2015 has provided placements in private companies, non-profit organizations and government for talented university students with ties ... Read More»

Roma Fellows Meet at the American Center

U.S. Embassy Prague’s Acting Public Affairs Counselor Erin Kotheimer spoke with this year’s cohort of Roma Fellows to discuss their fellowship experiences within organizations throughout the Czech Republic this year. The Fellowship program, led by Czech NGO Slovo 21, enables young Roma university students and recent graduates to gain professional experience during a 9-month long ... Read More»

Experts Discuss Roma Inclusive Education at the American Center

On February 22 at the American Center, the Czech IVLP (International Visitor Leadership Program) Alumni Club coordinated a panel discussion on Roma inclusive education and related topics. The panelists – Advisor to the Minister of Education Monika Šimůnková, Community Organizer and Member of the Coordination Committee of Parents for Inclusion in Ostrava Miroslav Klempár, IQ ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Awards Media Prize at the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards

U.S. Ambassador Schapiro attended the 2016 Roma Spirit Awards on December 10, where he awarded the media prize to Czech Television reporter Richard Samko. In his remarks, Ambassador Schapiro emphasized: “When the media cover cases of exclusion and discrimination, exposing these human rights violations, it increases awareness and understanding from the public, decreasing tolerance for these practices.” Before ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Meets the Čhavorenge Choir

Ambassador Andrew Schapiro attended a performance of the Czech Philharmonic Orchestra and the Čhavorenge choir at the Rudolfinum on October 7. The Ambassador greeted the members of the choir and the choirmistress Ida Kelarová after the concert. The members of Čhavorenge come from Roma communities in the Czech Republic and Slovakia. A grant of the ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Diplomat Pays Homage to Roma Victims in Lety Concentration Camp

U.S. Embassy Acting Deputy Chief of Mission James Merz participated on May 13 in the ceremony paying homage to Roma victims of the Lety concentration camp that existed during the Second World War in woods near the city of Pisek in South Bohemia. “Those people were sent to Lety and later to other concentration camps ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Visits City of Kadan with Successful Roma Integration

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro joined Minister for Human Rights and Equal Opportunity Jiri Dienstbier during a visit to the city of Kadan in Northwest Bohemia on April 22. Together with officials from the Agency for Social Inclusion, they met representatives of the local socially excluded area in Prunerov populated predominantly by Roma, and a vocational ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Celebrates International Roma Day

Prague, April 7 – On the occasion of International Roma Day on April 8, U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic Andrew Schapiro joined three fellows participating in the Embassy-sponsored Roma Fellowship program, AraArt International Roma Day Events Coordinator David Tiser, and Slovo 21 Roma Fellowship Coordinator Denisa Horvathova in a video reaffirming our commitment to ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Launches Roma Fellowship for Future Roma Leaders

Prague, March 11, 2016 — The U.S. Embassy Prague has launched 9-month fellowships for five Roma university students and graduates through the “Roma Fellowship” program. The program is being implemented by the NGO Slovo 21. The goal of the Roma Fellowship program is to give the fellows an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills ... Read More»

U.S. Fulbright Scholar Meets Romani Musicians in Brno

Deputy Cultural Attaché Tony Jones and U.S. Fulbright Scholar Derrais Carter visited the Roma Museum in Brno and met with a group of talented Romani musicians working with Mr. Gejza Horváth. Dr. Carter discussed the the influence of African-American music during a Black History Month program at the Roma Museum. In the United States, February ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy Supports the 5th Roma Spirit Award

The 5th annual Roma Spirit Award ceremony which took place to mark International Human Rights Day on 10th December to recognize and support advocates of improvement of the situation of Roma in the Czech Republic, awarded individuals and institutions in five categories. The first place in the category Company-Employer supporting projects on social assistance and ... Read More»

The American Center Hosts Romano Suno (Romani Dream) Award Ceremony

The American Center hosted the the Romano Suno (Romani Dream) contest award ceremony on December 10th. The literary and art contest has been organized by the NGO Nová škola (New School) since 1997 to motivate Roma children and teenagers to express their experience of the world around them in their native language, which is rarely ... Read More»

U.S. Embassy’s Political Officer Nathan Webber Paid Homage to Roma Victims at the Hodonin Concentration Camp

On Sunday, August 23rd, Moravian Roma community members, including several Roma holocaust survivors, gathered at a memorial at Hodonín u Kunštátu to commemorate Roma who died at the Nazi internment camp in 1942 and 1943. Romani men, women, and children suffered inhumane conditions in the camp while waiting to be transported to Auschwitz. Only a ... Read More»

Ambassador Schapiro Commemorates Victims of Lety Concentration Camp

On Wednesday, May 13, U.S. Ambassador Andrew H. Schapiro attended the annual commemoration ceremony for the Romani victims of Nazism at the Lety Memorial. The gathering is traditionally organized by the Committee for the Redress of the Roma Holocaust in the Czech Republic (VPORH), which brings together former prisoners of Nazi concentration camps who are ... Read More»

U.S., UK and Norwegian Ambassadors on Fact-Finding “Social Inclusion” Trip to Trmice

U.S. Ambassador Andrew Schapiro, British Ambassador Jan Thompson, and Norwegian Ambassador Siri Ellen Sletner visited the town of Trmice on the outskirts of Usti nad Labem, the capital of North Bohemia on March 4, to learn more about inclusive education programs of Roma and non-Roma students. They were impressed by the level of social inclusion ... Read More»
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