Savelina Danova is a human rights expert with over 25 years of experience in the protection of human rights. She is currently a project manager at the Foundation For Our Children (Sofia). She has held key positions in The Human Rights Project (1992-1999), the European Roma Rights Centre (1999-2011), and the Trust for Social Alternatives, among others. Her research and publications focus on issues of ethnic discrimination affecting Roma in European countries, including various forms of segregated education, discriminatory practices in access to housing, health and social services. Through her advocacy work, she has contributed to international institutions monitoring international human rights law and urging governments to guarantee equal treatment of Roma, and develop targeted government policies in this area.
Savelina’s research has been part of a joint effort by lawyers and other experts to create legal cases in the public interest, through which the European Court of Human Rights and the European Committee of Social Rights have established new European standards in protecting citizens from discrimination. She participated in the creation of the first Bulgarian policy document on equal opportunities for Roma – the Framework Programme for Equal Participation of Roma in Bulgarian Society (1998-1999). She is the author of reports and articles on the state of human rights of Roma in Bulgaria and other European countries.