About

The Nicholas Alahverdian Trust

About The NA Trust: We provide academic, legal, social, and economic guidance to alumni of social services systems through a network of professionals and volunteers at no cost. We also advocate for policy changes and systemic improvements to the way children and adolescents are treated when in the care of social service providers.

As one of the beneficiaries of the Estate of Nicholas Alahverdian, The Trust owns and holds the copyright to all intellectual property of Nicholas Alahverdian and his companies and organizations including books, art, literature, photographs, digital media, essays, writings, letters, and other materials.

We are also the legal successor to The Nicholas Alahverdian Trust established by U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell following the settlement of the 2011 case Alahverdian v. Rhode Island Department of Children Youth and Families to protect the assets, property, and accountability systems acquired and implemented during the legal and settlement process, most of which remains confidential. Although we share a name we have different purposes and the settlement trust has now been consolidated into the current NA Trust.

Our primary public-facing functions include working with a coalition of other organizations to pass the late Mr. Alahverdian’s longstanding efforts to reform the Rhode Island DCYF, working with Rhode Island leaders in the legislature, judiciary, and executive office to enhance the Rhode Island Children’s Bill of Rights, stop the practice of placing children in DCYF custody in facilities outside of Rhode Island, and establish a Joint Commission on Oversight of the DCYF.

Our latest efforts include working with other organizations to advocate for the United States of America to ratify the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child. The United States is the only member state of the United Nations that is not a party to the Convention.