Vicente Rodríguez Fernández (b. 1988) is a Roma human rights activist, community
organizer, screenwriter, cartoonist and Pop Culture expert. Rodriguez is currently working as Co-director of the Legacies of Empires program of the University of Washington and is the vice-chair of TernYpe, the international Roma youth network.
From 2010 he has been involved in the organization of the Dikh I na Bister initiative for the recognition of the 2nd of August as the Roma genocide remembrance day.
Rodriguez has co-founded a dozen of very successful initiatives aiming at the improvement of Romany narratives in mainstream media, arts and culture. His job as founder of RomaPop, an international organization that lobby for the narrative rights of Roma People in Pop Culture and comics, brought the attention of the US comic book industry during the 2016 New York Comic Con. During the last years Rodriguez has comitted greatly to the building of strategic alliances for Roma people, particularly with African American, Jewish, Armenian and Muslim youth, in 2015 he co-founded the Europe of Diasporas initiative with AGBU and EUJS.
From 2016 Rodriguez has been involved as community organizer with different Romany
Christian fellowships, particularly in the fight for voting rights and self-organziation.
Rodriguez has received a fellowship from the Open society foundations in 2016 and has been recognized by Forbes magazine as one of the 30 under 30 most important policy makers in Europe.