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Mariana Katzarova is now a member of Peace and Collaborative Development Network
Feb 22, 2013

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Mariana Katzarova is the Senior Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues at the OSCE’s Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) in Warsaw. Prior to joining the OSCE/ODIHR in February 2011, Ms Katzarova was the Adviser on Trafficking at the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. During her time at OHCHR, Ms Katzarova initiated and led the development of the Commentary on the Recommended Principles and Guidelines on Human Rights and Human Trafficking, launched in December 2010.

Before joining OHCHR in 2007, Mariana Katzarova worked as a human rights adviser at the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and was the researcher on Russia and the former Soviet Union at Amnesty International in London for 10 years. In 2006, Ms Katzarova found RAW in WAR (Reach All Women in WAR), a UK-based international charity, which supports women and girl survivors, and women human rights defenders from areas of war and armed conflict. RAW in WAR also presents the annual Anna Politkovskaya Award for women human rights defenders from war and conflict in the world, who stand for the victims of this conflict, often at great personal risk (

Ms Katzarova graduated from Sofia National University and Columbia University in New York and trained in international human rights and humanitarian law at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). Originally from Bulgaria, she was a founder of the first independent newspaper in Bulgaria in 1989, called “Democracy”.
Please indicate if you're joining PCDN as an individual or organization (please mark the appropriate category)
individual (professional)
Please list the countries and/or regions in which you (or your organization) have direct and significant expertise
Eastern and Central Europe; the Balkans; CIS; Central Asia;
What is your current country of residence (or location of your organization)?
Warsaw, Poland
What is your current job (and organization) and/or where and what field are you studying?
Senior Adviser on Anti-Trafficking Issues, OSCE Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR)
How many years professional experience do you have ?
What is one of your favorite websites in the field?
Which Languages do you speak Proficiently? (note we can not list all languages, only some major world languages or ones related to conflict regions)
Bosnian, Russian, Serbian
Which are your primary sectoral areas of expertise (or the primary sectoral areas of your organization) ?
Civil Society, Conflict Resolution, Gender, Rule of Law
Which are your primary skills areas(or the primary skill areas of your organization)?
Advocacy, Capacity Building, Communication, Monitoring, Program Design, Program Implemenation, Research, Training
Please select the donors (bi-lateral, international or foundations) in which you have direct and signifcant experience (either work for the donor or on projects funded by them)
AUSAID, European Union, SIDA, United Nations
What are some of your current areas of research (if any)?
Human Rights and combating trafficking of human beings.

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