Colby Pacheco

Colby Pacheco (Dženo Association): Colby completed his Bachelor of Science degree in business at the University of Rhode Island. After graduation, Colby volunteered in the AmeriCorps*VISTA program for one year at the Volunteer Center of San Diego County. While acting as the Disaster Response Coordinator at the Volunteer Center, Colby helped shape the disaster response volunteer program, recruited community volunteers to act as leaders and conducted outreach and emergency preparedness trainings in low-income communities in San Diego. At the time of his fellowship, he was studying for a Master's degree at the School of International Relations & Pacific Studies (IR/PS) at the University of California, San Diego.

Gaining Momentum One Small Step at a Time

14 Jul

This past week, my boss and Dženo Association Chairman Ivan Veselý, traveled to Vienna, Austria to take part in a Conference held by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

The conference aim was to provide a forum for OSCE directors and heads of human rights organization and advocacy groups to find sustainable policies for Roma integration in Europe.

As I have previously referenced, Italy’s Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi has unvailed and begun to implement anti-Roma policies.

On the morning of July 11th the representatives of the Roma civil society, present at the OSCE meeting held a march of protest against the violent attacks and the ethnically motivated “security measures” adopted by the Italian Government targeting Roma. In particular, a group of representatives sought to bring to light the matter of fingerprinting Roma children.

Representatives of Roma focused organizations assemble in front of the Fundamental Rights Agency in Vienna

Though small in number, those marching sent a clear message to representatives gathered at the conference.

Others gathered and joined the protest wearing self made t-shirts displaying slogans with a definitevly anti-fingerprinting message.

At the end of the day, as is unfortunately the case with many pro-Roma actions, the protest pleas fell on the deaf ears of the public. However, policy makers throughout the European Union seem to be finally awakening to the Italy’s blatant human rights abuses

Posted By Colby Pacheco

Posted Jul 14th, 2008

1 Comment

  • reklama internetowa

    April 17, 2012


    An impressive share! I’ve just forwarded this onto a colleague who was doing a little homework on this. And he in fact ordered me lunch due to the fact that I found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this…. Thank YOU for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending the time to talk about this topic here on your blog.

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