About us

Organization for Aid to Refugees (OPU) was established in 1991 in Prague as a non-profit, non-governmental, humanitarian organization. Since 2014, OPU has been an association under the Civil Code.

OPU has been helping refugees and foreigners in the Czech Republic for 28 years.

OPU’s main activities include providing free legal and social counselling to applicants for international protection and to other foreigners in the Czech Republic, organizing training programmes for both professionals and the general public, and other activities aimed at promoting integration of foreigners.

One of the OPU’s goals is to fight against xenophobia and racial and ethnic intolerance.

Watch a video about OPU made by Saša Dlouhý:

Our Team

JUDr. Martin Rozumek, OPU director
Mgr. Ludmila Bobysudová, OPU deputy director

Prague (head office):

Legal department:

Mgr. Hana Franková (Head of the legal department)
Mgr. Beáta Matheová
Mgr. Petra Khollová
Mgr. Aneta Šubrtová
Mgr. Martin Bubeník
Zuzana Pavelková M.A.
Mgr. Petra Sedláčková
Mgr. Petr Baroch
Mgr. Petra Hokr Miholová

Social department:

Mgr. Ludmila Bobysudová
Mgr. Lucie Fryčová (Head of the social department)
Ing. Džana Nidžar Popović

Mgr. Zuzana Čižinská (Half-way House) – on maternity leave
Mgr. Adéla Šimáková
Kseniya Hryharash, DiS,
Bc. Anna Parrado (Half-way House), coordinator of interns)
Bc. Geti Mubeenová
Mgr. Aneta Midlochová
Mgr. Petra Receado da Cunha
Mgr. Alice Mirovská (Half-way House)
Mgr. Štěpánka Stehlíková
Mgr. Olga Džulajová

 

 

Eduacational department:

Ing. Džana Nidžar Popovič
Mgr. Pavla Merhautová
Bc. Robert Netuka
Bc. Alena Makovcová
Šárka Korytová

 

 

PR, fundraising, donations, volunteering:

Pavla Merhautová
Mgr. Olga Džulajová
Mgr. Geti Mubeenová
Mgr. Alice Mirovská

 

Financial and administrative department:

Ing. Eva Vaškůjová (Financial manager)
Ing. Iva Barešová (accounting)
Markéta Hrušovská
Kateřina Křivánková
Karel Pajma

Management Board:

Carol Sanford
Nancy Bingham Meech
Helena Pěchoučková
Blanka Tollarová
 

Brno branch:

Mgr. Hana Natidzeová, head of the Brno branch

Legal department:
Mgr. Marina Melkonjan
Mgr. Petr Benesch
Mgr. Denisa Safyová
Mgr. Adam Stašek

 

Social department:
Mgr. Eva Kaličinská
Mgr. Veronika Černohorská
Mgr. Lenka Vonešová
Mgr. Madla Čechová
Mgr. et Mgr. Iveta Rožníčková
Kateřina Križanová

Ing. Jindřiška Žáčková, acounting

 

Plzeň branch:

Social department:

Mgr. Tereza Řípová (Head of the Plzeň branch, social worker)
Bc. Tereza Štěpánková (social worker, job coach)
Vladyslav Skyban (field worker assistant)

Legal department:

Mgr. Michal Pitař (lawyer)
Mgr. Michal Himmer (lawyer)

 

Ostrava branch:

Legal department:
Mgr. Elvíra Hlukhanych​ ​(Head of the Ostrava branch)
Mgr. Petra Drapáčová

Social department:
Mgr. Andrea Milatová
Adéla Francírková (job coach, social worker -labor market)
Barbora Čempelová (coordinator of volunteers)

 

Hradec Králové branch:

Mgr. Yvona Hofmanová (Head of the Hradec Králové branch, social worker)
Bc. Libuše Lopourová (social worker)
Mgr. Lucie Nguyenová (lawyer)
Mgr. Barbora Hladíková (lawyer)
Bc. Barbora Hostinská (Czech language courses)
Mgr. Radka Mitisková