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 25 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, AMIF project – international protection seekers – coordinator

Prague (head office):

Legal department:

Mgr. Hana Franková (Head of the legal department, implementation partner UNHCR)
Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Drhlíková – on maternity leave
Mgr. Pavla Rozumková (Integration Centre Prague – centre)
Mgr. Beáta Matheová (IRIS project – returns)
Mgr. Petra Khollová (unaccompanied minors)
Mgr. Aneta Šubrtová (IRIS project – returns )
Mgr. Michala Cilli – on maternity leave
Mgr. Štěpán Pastorek (Integration Centre Prague – Prague 14)
Mgr. Lujza Brychtová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, OPU Praha)
JUDr. Zdenka Streblova (AMIF project – international protection seekers, AC Airport)
Mgr. Martin Bubeník
Mgr. Vanda Vintrová (IRIS project – returns – Hradec Králové)
Zuzana Pavelková M.A. (IRIS project – returns)
Mgr. Petr Benesch (AMIF project – international protection seekers)

Social department:

Mgr. Ludmila Bobysudová
Mgr. Tomáš Knězek (Head of Branch)
Mgr. Lucie Fryčová (Head of the social department, OPZ projects – coordinator)
Ing. Džana Nidžar Popović
Bc. Hanna Finglová (ICP Praha 14, AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Bc. Martina Mrkvová – on maternity leave
Mgr. Zuzana Čižinská
Mgr. Adéla Šimáková (IRIS project – returns – coordinator)
Kseniya Hryharash, DiS, (job coach, social worker – labor market)
Bc. Anna Žamberová (Halfway house, coordinator of student ´s internships)
Bc. Geti Mubeenová

 

 

Eduacational department:

Ing. Džana Nidžar Popovič (“Jsme lidé jedné Země”-project coordinator)
Mgr. Pavla Merhautová (implementation partner UNHCR)
Mgr. Andrea Špirková
Bc. Robert Netuka
Bc. Alena Makovcová

 

 

PR, fundraising, donations, volunteering:

Pavla Merhautová
Andrea Špirková

 

Financial and administrative department:

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

 

Brno branch:

Mgr. Hana Natidzeová, head of the Brno branch

Legal department:
Mgr. Marina Melkonjan (The South Moravian Regional Centre to Support the Integration of Foreigners)
Mgr. Vendula Švecová (OPZ project, labour legal counselling)
Mgr. Ivan Prouza (project AMIF, legal counselling)
Mgr. Eva Matějčková (project IRIS returns)
Mgr. Stanislava Sládeková (project AMIF, legal counselling)

 

Social department:
Mgr. Eva Kaličinská (job coach – labor market, FB)
Mgr. Veronika Černohorská
Mgr. Lenka Vonešová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, ReC Zastávka)
Mgr. Madla Čechová (OPZ project, coordinator)

Ing. Jindřiška Žáčková, acounting

 

Plzeň branch:

Social department:

Mgr. Lucie Mořkovská (Head of the Plzeň branch, street worker)
Mgr. et Mgr. Iveta Rožníčková (AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Olga Pechorina (job coach – labor market)

Legal department:

Mgr. Petr Baroch  (AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Mgr. Kateřina Němečková (IRIS project – returns)

 

Ostrava branch:

Legal department:
Mgr. Elvíra Hlukhanych​ ​(Head of the Ostrava branch, AMIF project – international protection seekers, RC Havířov)
Mgr. Eva Zorková (IRIS project – returns)

Social department:
Mgr. Andrea Milatová (AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Adéla Francírková (job coach, social worker -labor market)

 

Hradec Králové branch:

Social department:
Mgr. Yvona Hofmanová (Head of the Hradec Králové branch, social worker)
Bc. Petra Hanzlová(job coach, social worker -labor market)

Management Board:

Carol Sanford
Nancy Bingham Meech
Helena Pěchoučková
Blanka Tollarová