Of interest, a piece on discrimination against Romany people, particularly women, and particularly those who practice fortune telling. Here's the cite, with an abstract.
I aspire to become a lawyer one day. But as I check the boxes marked "other" on law school applications, I think back to when I first became aware of Romani marginality in the legal system. I was a sophomore in college and was interning at the nearby family court. As the judge adjourned another case, the court reporter, clerk, and attorneys began to engage in the usual banter. After a case involving a rambunctious teen, an older white woman serving as the clerk said something to the effect of, "If that were my kid, I'd give him to the Gypsies." After crying in the bathroom, I returned to the courtroom and told them that unfortunately for them, I was "a Gypsy." I tried to explain the term "Roma," our origins, and the problematic nature of what was said. I calmly explained that her statement presenting Romani parentage as a form of punishment is based on deeply-seated stereotypes of Roma as baby-thieves and generally suspect people. They responded defensively, and I quit my internship. Reflecting on the incident, I wondered, what if there was a Romani fortuneteller fighting to regain custody of her children from the state? Or what if the judge were in criminal court, and the defendant was Romani? With such stereotypes so deeply ingrained within the collective psyche, what prospects for justice are there for Roma and Romani women in particular? I have recently confronted this question again in the context of fortunetelling.