The Roma Program at the FXB Center for Health and Human Rights welcomes this initiative, which represents a symbol of hope in the recognition of the history, realities, and rights of often marginalized Romani Americans and other Roma people across the world. We are grateful for the tremendous efforts of Sen. Benjamin Cardin, Sen. Roger Wicker, the late Rep. Alcee Hastings and Rep. Gregory Meeks to adopt these resolutions, which were first introduced on April 4, 2019, but have yet to be adopted. We especially want to thank Rep. Hastings for his tireless advocacy for the Romani American community and extend our condolences to his loved ones.
As we recognize the 50th anniversary of the First World Roma Congress today, we urge our federal lawmakers to adopt this resolution and honor the culture, history, and heritage of Romani people in the United States.
Happy International Roma Day!