Facing Facts Coordinator, CEJI- A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe
Melissa Sonnino was born in 1984 in Rome, Italy, and graduated in international relations in 2008 from the LUISS Guido Carli University in Rome.
Since January 2011, Melissa has worked as a Community Affairs Coordinator at CEJI - A Jewish Contribution to an Inclusive Europe, a Brussels based NGO with 18 years of experience in diversity education and anti-discrimination advocacy. Her main duties include developing and implementing advocacy for diversity training and against all forms of discrimination, including anti-Semitism. She's responsible for the European project, Facing Facts - Make Hate Crime Visible, which aims to empower civil society organizations to collect data on hate crime by developing and providing educational processes and innovative training materials that, with an intercultural approach, empower them with the resources they need to effectively advocate for hate crime prevention and intervention measures. She's also responsible for the Jewish outreach of the organization and coordinated the project, The Diversity Tour, which provides anti-discrimination training courses for Jewish communities in Eastern Europe.
From 2009 to 2010, Melissa worked for the Italian Jewish Cultural Association Hans Jonas as Coordinator of Master for Jewish Young Leaders training course. She also coordinated the research project, Italian Young Jews: Identity, Continuity and Ruptures, which examines the identity of young Italian Jews.