SAMIR JAHA

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Samir Jaha is the founder of the NGO Young Roma. He wrote and developed the project of opening offices for Roma "Roma Centre" in cooperation with the Municipality of Herceg Novi, which has been active since 2006. During 2006/07 he was hired by the Open Society Institute from Budapest as a researcher for the monitoring of the implementation of the Action Plan for the Decade of Roma in Montenegro. He managed and coordinated the program "Step by step to citizenship," which was funded by the UNDP, which contributed to more than 200 members of the Roma community in Boka Kotorska having regulated legal status. From 2009 to 2011, he coordinated the project for the development of Local Action Plans for Roma integration, which were later approved and adopted by the local parliament in the municipalities of Herceg Novi, Kotor and Tivat. In 2012, he worked as a project associate for the project PGF Montenegro, which was implemented by the Centre for Democracy and Human Rights with aimed at strengthening the capacity of Roma NGOs. From March 2013 to March 2014 he was engaged at the position Coordinator for Montenegro to the OSCE / ODIHR as part of the project Best Practices for Roma Integration in the Western Balkans. From May to July 2014, Samir was an intern at the Delegation of the European Commission to Montenegro. Since October 2014 to September 2015, he was project assistant at German NGO Help Support to the integration and voluntary return of I/DPs and residents of Konik Camp – Phase II. He participated in numerous trainings, seminars and workshops in the areas of discrimination, media, human rights and so on. He is a member of the National Romani Council, Municipal Council for Cooperation with NGOs in Herceg Novi, and the Multidisciplinary Team for Protection Against Domestic violence at the Centre for Social Work in Herceg Novi.