Board and Staff

Board

Borislav Dimitrov
Member of the Executive Council

Borislav Dimitrov is a graduate of the Sofia University Faculty of Law. He joined the CLA as a volunteer Legal Assistant in 2012, and became a Member of the Executive Council in 2014. Borislav has extensive experience in human rights and has worked as a legal consultant for the Bulgarian Helsinki Committee. He is currently working as Project Manager at the Sofia Platform.

Diana Radoslavova
Member of the Executive Council

Diana Radoslavova is the head attorney and founder of Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria. At the CLA, Diana is actively engaged in counseling, litigation and representation of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants before administrative authorities and courts on the territory of Bulgaria and Europe on issues concerning deportation and detention orders, due process in refugee procedures, legal status determination of foreigners, etc. She is also coordinating the CLA's Case Management and Legal Aid activities.

Radostina Pavlova
Member of the Executive Council

Radostina Pavlova is an Advocacy Officer and Project Manager at the CLA. Prior to joining the centre in 2014, Radostina worked as a Policy Analyst and Programme Advisor in the areas of immigration, integration and multiculturalism for the Canadian federal government. She also has worked as a counsellor at legal aid clinics in Toronto, Canada, in the areas of refugee and immigration law and injured workers compensation rights. She holds Master’s degrees in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and Russian and East European Studies (Political Science stream), and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.  Radostina has authored or co-authored a number of articles and research papers related to issues of migration and human rights. In addition to her work at the CLA, she is an independent consultant, researcher and trainer working on migration-related topics such as prevention of human trafficking, vulnerable migrants and access to public information in the area of asylum and migration.

Staff

Borislava Shalamanova
Legal Assistant

Deian Vladov
Reception Hours Assistant

Deian has been volunteering with the CLA since March 2018 to now. He supports the activities during the client reception hours of the centre. Prior to that he worked with Caritas Sofia as a teacher and social worker in the field with accompanied and unaccompanied youth seeking protection in Bulgaria.

Desislava Torodova
Lawyer

Diana Radoslavova
Senior Case Manager; Lawyer

Diana Radoslavova is the head attorney and founder of Center for Legal Aid – Voice in Bulgaria. At the CLA, Diana is actively engaged in counseling, litigation and representation of asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants before administrative authorities and courts on the territory of Bulgaria and Europe on issues concerning deportation and detention orders, due process in refugee procedures, legal status determination of foreigners, etc. She is also coordinating the CLA's Case Management and Legal Aid activities.

Dilyana Giteva
Case Manager; Lawyer

Since 2000 Dilyana Giteva has been working as a lawyer, member of Sofia Bar Association. In 2003 she was awarded a scholarship of the Public Interest Law Initiative Program (PILI) in the Columbia University School of Law in New York. Dilyana Giteva has been a leader and coordinator of over 20 projects, such as: “Strategic litigation”, “Monitoring the human rights in Bulgaria”, “General measures for execution of the judgments of ECHR against Bulgaria”, “Fair Administrative Justice”, and others. She is an author of number of articles and publications and has an extensive experience as a lecturer at conferences and seminars related to the international human rights standards, children’s rights, women’s rights, migrants’ rights and protection against discrimination. She participated in working groups for elaboration of draft laws as well as analyses of the Bulgarian legislation and proposals for amendments, aiming to achieve compliance with the international human rights standards. Presently Dilyana is providing legal aid and case management for social integration of migrants and asylum seekers in Bulgaria, with special attention to women and children.

Madeline de Figueiredo
Intern

Madeline de Figueiredo is a recent graduate of the University of Chicago, where she studied History and Statistics. She joined the CLA team in August 2019. With the support of CLA, she is working on a research project that studies the role of Bulgarian NGOs’ in mitigating asylum seekers’ vulnerabilities to human trafficking.

Martin Nedkov
Case Manager; Lawyer

Attorney Martin Nedkov completed his Master's in Law in 2011. After graduation, he chose to work for the defense of human rights, and started his career as a jurist with the National Federation "Construction, Industry and Water Supply" with the national commitee of the syndicate "KT Podkrepa". Since 2015 up to the present his work as a practicing lawyer has focused on the problems of refugee and migration law. He has been a member of the CLA team since 2017, initially in the position of Case Manager Trainee and subsequently Case Manager Assistant on the project " “Protecting migrants with precarious status: decreasing the use of detention and applying community-based alternatives”.

Radostina Pavlova
Advocacy Officer; Project Manager

Radostina Pavlova is an Advocacy Officer and Project Manager at the CLA. Prior to joining the centre in 2014, Radostina worked as a Policy Analyst and Programme Advisor in the areas of immigration, integration and multiculturalism for the Canadian federal government. She also has worked as a counsellor at legal aid clinics in Toronto, Canada, in the areas of refugee and immigration law and injured workers compensation rights. She holds Master’s degrees in Immigration and Settlement Studies, and Russian and East European Studies (Political Science stream), and a Juris Doctor (J.D.) from the Faculty of Law at the University of Toronto.  Radostina has authored or co-authored a number of articles and research papers related to issues of migration and human rights. In addition to her work at the CLA, she is an independent consultant, researcher and trainer working on migration-related topics such as prevention of human trafficking, vulnerable migrants and access to public information in the area of asylum and migration

Rositsa Atanasova
Advocacy Officer

Rositsa Atanasova is an Advocacy Expert at the CLA. She has worked for a range of NGOs in support of migrants and refugees in Bulgaria, including Doctors without Borders (MSF) and Lumos, where she led a project focusing on unaccompanied children. Rositsa completed a Master of Theological Studies at the Harvard Divinity School, focusing on Islam, as well as a law degree at the University of Cambridge with subsequent specialization in European Law. In addition to her extensive experience in advocacy and project management, Rositsa regularly publishes and speaks on migration, freedom of religion and human rights.

Todor Iliev
Lawyer

Violeta Draganova
Communications Officer

Violeta Draganova is a TV journalist and script writer with many years of experience in national media, PR specialist in the NGO sector with rich experience in the creation and communication of campaign with public focus. She has participated in specialized trainings and apprenticeships with  the European Commission and the World Bank. Author of the novel Alone with the Truth, which received the "Nikolai Haitov" Award.