I am a freelance human rights journalist from Slovakia, focusing on migration, conflict, human rights, climate, humanitarian issues and women's rights.
I have written for The Guardian, BBC News, The New York Magazine, Al Jazeera English, Der Spiegel, Foreign Policy, Lighthouse Reports, Balkan Insight, The HuffPost, The New Humanitarian, Reporting Democracy, Women's Media Center, openDemocracy and many more. I also regularly work for Slovak and Czech outlets.
I am fluent in English, French, Russian and Slovak/Czech, and conversational in Polish, Ukrainian and Spanish.
I covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine since 2014 and reported from Kharkiv and other cities in Ukraine as of 24 February 2022.
Altogether I've reported from more than twenty countries, and investigated issues such as sexualized violence against women dissidents in Venezuelan prisons or exploitation of Ukrainian refugees in Europe. I also reported on forced sterilisations of transgender people in Slovakia, took a train with Chechen refugees as they were attempting to reach the EU from Belarus, and investigated how domestic abuse impacted disabled women in Covid times. In 2021, I was embedded aboard the Sea-Eye 4 search-and-rescue vessel in the Mediterranean as a journalist and participated in the rescue of 408 refugees.
I was the runner-up for the 2023 Elizabeth Neuffer Fellowship with the International Women's Media Foundation (IWMF), and I was nominated for the One World Media New Voice Award in 2022 and again in 2023. I also received an Honorable mention for best reporting at the 2021 Slovak Journalism Award. I graduated with a Master's degree in Communication studies from Paris-Descartes-Sobonne University (in 2012).