Who we are

Facing Facts  

Robin Sclafani

Robin has over 25 years experience in developing and delivering anti-bias training programmes for various target groups. With a Masters Degree in Conflict Resolution, Ms. Sclafani uses training and facilitation as methods for transforming social conflict into opportunities for social cohesion. Originally from New York City, Ms. Sclafani came to Brussels in 1998 as a Fulbright Scholar to the European Union.

 
     

Melissa Sonnino

Originally from Rome, Italy, Melissa has extensive experience in managing EU projects. Since its inception in 2011, she has managed and developed the European project Facing Facts! - make hate crime visible. She is responsible for building and maintaining relationships with key stakeholders and partners, supporting the communications and fundraising strategies, and coordinating multiple activities and projects related to the CEJI’s work on hate crime and hate speech . She also has significant experience in developing and implementing training programmes, in-person and online, on issues related to hate crime and hate speech monitoring. 

 
     

Joanna Perry

Joanna Perry is an independent hate crime consultant, research fellow and associate lecturer on hate crime at Birkbeck College, University of London. Joanna’s previous roles include Hate Crime Officer at the OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights, criminal justice policy lead at Victim Support UK, and hate crime policy and performance lead at the Crown Prosecution Service. She has published on disability hate crime and current challenges in achieving a shared concept of hate crime at the international level among policy makers, civil society, practitioners and scholars. Joanna has a Bachelor’s degree in psychology from Bristol University and later gained a graduate diploma in Law from the College of Law, and a Masters in research in law from Birkbeck College.

 
     

Laura Franceschin

Laura is an MA. graduate at the University of Kent in Brussels, Belgium. Over the past years she has gained a significant experience in the fields of communications, migration, integration and humanitarian aid as a student and as a volunteer. Laura has enhanced her skills in team working, conducting researches and gathering and interpreting information, which has become integral to her future career goals. Furthermore, she is fluent in five languages.