The project ‘Your Identity - a chance for equal rights’ aims at the social integration of Roma in seven localities in Vrancea County, by solving the problem of a lack of identity and marital status, and by involving local authorities in determining property settlement issues. The project included outreach and awareness of the target group about the importance of identity documents and civil status, the mobile station campaigns in Roma communities and legal assistance for people who have never had any documentation of their marital status. Particular attention was paid to cases of late registration of births due to the plight of these people who are not Romanian in the legal administrative sense. The state does not recognise them and thus, they cannot enjoy the rights associated with citizenship, and are exposed to trafficking, illegal adoptions and manipulation by criminal groups.
The project team has provided free assistance to the children of Roma in this situation, and managed to complete a late registration process and to hand over their birth certificates until the completion of activities. Implementing this project was to ensure the legality of Roma in Vrancea County with regard to identity documents and marital status, their access to social services and employment, impact on improving the situation of Roma in targeted areas. The public agenda has also now incorporated the issue of social exclusion of Roma, and relationships were strengthened between NGOs, representatives of Roma communities and public institutions. Some prerequisites were created to solve problems of Roma communities, other than lack of identity and civil status identified through the sociological research conducted in the project.
|Award category:||opening up the public sector|
|Sector:||Public administration, modernisation, institutional affairs, reform|
|Type of activity:|
|Keywords:||Roma legal rights|
|Short English description:||The project ‘Your Identity - a chance for equal rights’ aims at the social integration of Roma in seven localities in Vrancea County, by solving the problem of a lack of identity and marital status, and by involving local authorities in determining property settlement issues.|
|Organisation:||Vrancea County Council|
|Level of government:||local level|
|Size of organisation:||50-100|
|Number of people involved:||>15|
|EU membership:||EU member|