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.

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, implementation partner UNHCR)
Mgr. et Mgr. Eva Drhlíková (managment, AMIF project – returns – coordinator)
Mgr. Pavla Rozumková (Integration Centre Prague – centre)
Mgr. Beáta Matheová (AMIF project – returns)
Mgr. Petra Khollová (unaccompanied minors)
Mgr. Marcel Kmeť (AMIF project – returns )
Mgr. Michala Cilli (AMIF project – international protection seekers – coordinator)
Mgr. Štěpán Pastorek (Integration Centre Prague – Prague 14)
Mgr. Petra Lomozová (AMIF projecr – returns)
Mgr. Lujza Brychtová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, OPU Praha)
Mgr. Rastislav Šutek, LL.M.( AMIF project – international protection seekers, RC Kostelec/Orlicí)
JUDr. Zdenka Streblova (AMIF project – international protection seekers, AC Airport)
Mgr. Martin Bubeník
Mgr. Hana Římanová (Integration Centre Prague)

 

Social department:

Ing. Džana Nidžar Popović (Head of the Prague branch)
Mgr. Ludmila Bobysudová
Mgr. Lucie Fryčová (Head of the social department, OPZ projects – coordinator)
Mgr. Tomáš Knězek (coordinator – students internships)
Bc. Kamila Muchová
Bc. Michaela Kučerová, DiS.(Halfway house)
Bc. Martina Mrkvová
Mgr. Yvona Hofmanová (AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Mgr. Zuzana Čižinská
Mgr. Adéla Šimáková (AMIF project – international protection seekers)
Kseniya Hryharash, DiS, (job coach, social worker – labor market)

 

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. Jana Havlová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, OPU Brno)
Mgr. Stanislava Sládeková (AMIF project – international protection seekers, ReC Zastávka)

Social department:
Mgr. Eva Kaličinská (job coach – labor market, FB)
Bc. Veronika Černohorská
Mgr. Petra Texlerová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, OPU Brno)
Mgr. Lenka Vonešová (AMIF project – international protection seekers, ReC Zastávka)

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)
Renáta Gecová (street worker)

Legal department:

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

 

Ostrava branch:

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

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