Ostalinda Maya Ovalle is a policy officer at the Open Society Justice Initiative focusing on legal empowerment of Roma and the implementation of antidiscrimination norms, particularly developing and supporting leadership within communities.
For over 10 years, Maya has worked with Roma across Europe to challenge discrimination. Previously, she was an advocacy coordinator at the European Roma Rights Centre, where she led projects to tackle the overrepresentation of Roma children in child protection systems, combat human trafficking, and advocate for the rights of Roma women to education, employment, health care, and protection against violence. She has also been involved in grassroots work on education and health in Mexico and Kosovo.
Maya holds a degree in social anthropology and development from the University of Sussex and a postgraduate law diploma from the University of Law, United Kingdom.