Evelin Verhás is Head of Programmes at the Tom Lantos Institute since 2016. She oversees the work of the Institute in its three programme areas: Human Rights of Minorities, Jewish Life and Countering Antisemitism, and Roma Rights and Citizenship. She holds a Bachelor's degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley and a Master's degree in Human Rights from the London School of Economics. She has over 15 years of professional experience in the field of minority protection. Evelin started her career as a volunteer at Minority Rights Group Europe (Budapest) in 2006, followed by an internship at Amnesty International’s International Secretariat in London. From 2010 to September 2016, she worked in the conflict prevention and the legal team of Minority Rights Group International (MRG) in London. She was responsible for implementing minority rights advocacy and legal programmes in Europe, South-East Asia, East-Africa, Middle East and North Africa. A key part of her work focused on the implementation of the landmark Sejdić and Finci v. Bosnia and Herzegovina judgment of the European Court of Human Rights, addressing constitutionally entrenched discrimination against minorities. She authored the briefing Collateral Damage of the Dayton Peace Agreement: Discrimination Against Minorities in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Twenty Years On (MRG, 2015) and the report The Turkish Minority in Western Thrace: The Long Struggle for Rights and Recognition (MRG, 2019). She served as managing editor of a number of publications pertaining to minority issues, including Populism, Memory and Minority Rights: Central and Eastern European Issues in Global Perspective (Brill/Nijhoff, 2018) and Roma Resistance During the Holocaust and in its Aftermath: Collection of Working Papers (Tom Lantos Institute, 2018), and Survey on Antisemitic Prejudice in the Visegrád Countries (Tom Lantos Institute, 2022).
Evelin speaks English and Hungarian.