Meet the Barcelona's Coordination Team of the Project "Expressions in Dialogue"
Matías Adam is a Venezuelan-Catalan educator with a background in Philosophy, Literature and Translation Studies, and a professional career in the non-profit field. He has worked as a refugee support worker, sexual health educator, and as the Coordinator of Asil.cat Network.
Matías has organised numerous Living Library events with associations Acathi and AHEAD. As a volunteer, he has served as a Literacy and Spanish as a Foreign Language teacher for migrants. Matías is currently receiving a professional training in Publishing, with the aim of contributing to the creation of space for underrepresented voices in the production of printed and digital culture.
Mayyar Skhaita is a social activist from Syria with refugees status. Has been involved in several campaigns raising awareness of the refugee situation in Barcelona and Catalonia where he is living.
Clara Jorge Blanco is a social educator and activist. She is member of the "Sahara Dempeus" Association, and AHEAD. Clara has worked on social projects for seven years, has been supporting refugees and people living at risk of social exclusion.
Clara has also developed projects in Barcelona where she participates in awareness raising, activities about political incidence and field work, all this with the purpose of supporting the Saharawi cause and influencing the perspective of people who do not know it.
Clara has developed a personal project with the objective of developing a documentary about the situation of refugees in Greece, Thessaloniki. Currently Clara is participates in a research project on Saharawi youth located in refugee camps in Algeria.
Rashid Abubakar Iddrisu is an activist working on inclusion programmes for young migrants from Africa. He develops his work in cooperation projects between Ghana and Catalonia with CEHDA association and the local inclusion work with AHEAD.
Laura Huguet Fernández is a Psychologist specialised in Human Rights. Fighter, nonconformist and committed, Laura started her career as human rights’ defender five years ago. After serving as a volunteer in Portugal, she found a passion for Social Work, and decided to pursue a career in Human Rights.
In 2014, Laura got involved as activist in Amnesty International and, since then, she has carried out different roles within the organisation. Nowadays, she’s coordinator of an activists’ group, organising and implementing actions and campaigns of awareness to promote and defend Human Rights. Also, she’s responsible for Human Rights Education in her group, taking part on the research and elaboration of the HRE strategy at Catalonian level.
Laura has taken part in several national and international projects and, as well, she has been working as technician at ATENPRO’s program in Red Cross, project related with the attention and protection of gender violence’s victims.
Currently, Laura is running some internationals projects with AHEAD, association of educators in Human Rights from Barcelona, organising and implementing workshops and some public actions, such as Living Libraries.
Xavier Baró Urbea is founder, board member and educational adviser of the Association of Human Rights Educators. Xavier has over twenty years of experience in the educational and youth fields as trainer. He combines the work at European level with the local activism in Barcelona.
At international level Xavier collaborates in a regular basis as expert and educational adviser on the development of training programmes for the European Commission, the Education Department and the Youth Department of the Council of Europe, and the Anna Lindh Foundation for the Dialogue among cultures.
Currently, Xavier is working on the Council of Europe Programme: Youth Together that seeks to reduce the risks of social exclusion and violence that young refugees, especially minors in transition to adulthood, are exposed to. It supports the social inclusion of young refugees and their access to education, self-development and autonomy through youth work and non-formal education activities.