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Nicholas Alahverdian releases excerpt from “Dreading and Hoping All”

Excerpt from Dreading and Hoping All
By Nicholas Alahverdian
Copyright © 2019 by The Nicholas Edward Alahverdian Trust. All rights reserved.

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Once I reached Manhattan, I went to each of the major news networks and newspapers to speak with producers, receptionists, and researchers. I was armed with documents and proof of the corruption, abuse and negligence that was ensuing in the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families.

Nicholas Alahverdian Debate Championship Trophy
Nicholas Alahverdian holding his Urban Debate Championship Trophy in 2002

I scheduled appointments with producers from NBC’s Today show as well as The O’Reilly Factor on Fox News among other networks. Those were the two shows that confirmed my appearance during the first episodes of the New Year. The other appearances were to be solidified within the coming weeks.

I finished my work on Christmas Eve. Everything was sorted out, and I was excited. One of the producers bought me a hotel ticket for my final evening in Manhattan so that I didn’t have to sleep on the subway again.

I made my way back to Rhode Island with train tickets in hand — paid for by a television host himself — for the appearances in January. All I had to do was keep quiet and let Jeremiah (who bore an uncanny resemblance to Jabba the Hut) enjoy his Christmas feast. And then I would strike.

Unfortunately, Jeremiah had been tipped off that I was meeting with the press locally — WJAR (the NBC affiliate), WPRI (the CBS affiliate), and The Providence Journal had all done stories on me again — yet Jeremiah had no idea about the national news that was about to break.

Nicholas Alahverdian surrounded by Representatives and Senators outside the House of Representatives Chamber
Nicholas Alahverdian surrounded by Representatives and Senators outside the House of Representatives Chamber

And he wouldn’t, because he single-handedly killed the stories without even knowing they were going to be aired.

He had the power to keep me from contacting anyone after placing me in a secure facility in Rhode Island until I could be flown to Nebraska. I was literally Court-ordered to not leave the youth shelter and the staff were similarly ordered to not allow me to use the telephone, send letters, or leave the property. I was devastated.

Said another way, he proceeded to deem me a threat to myself because I was “not complying with my treatment” — that was always their go-to excuse when I arranged to have the truth about the abuse and negligence inherent in the DCYF and the Family Court illuminated in the press and the court of public opinion.

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Bob DaSilva reintroduces bill to keep kids under DCYF care in state – East Providence Reporter – February 6, 2012

Abuse victim fights for DCYF changes – CBS News WPRI 12 – April 19, 2012 (Alternate link)

Suit against DCYF settled – CBS News WPRI 12 – August 22, 2013

Rep. DaSilva says R.I. pays hundreds of thousands of dollars for out-of-state care for children in state custody – Politifact – April 8, 2011

Nicholas Alahverdian claims he was abused in DCYF care – NBC News WJAR 10 – March 1, 2011

RI man’s lawsuit against state DCYF goes to court – Boston Globe – June 27, 2011

Accusations of negligence, abuse in DCYF homes – GoLocalProv – March 2, 2011

Rep. Roberto DaSilva reintroduces bill to keep kids under DCYF care in-state – State of Rhode Island General Assembly News – January 18, 2012

Legislation spotlights domestic abuse – Daily Herald – February 9, 2012

Nicholas Alahverdian: DCYF workers need help to protect children – The Providence Journal – April 7, 2017

The Nicholas Alahverdian Case Study: State-sponsored torture in foster care – Medium – December 16, 2017

DCYF spends $10 million sending kids out of state – GoLocalProv – September 21, 2012

DaSilva reintroduces bill to keep children under DCYF care in-state – GoLocalProv – January 18, 2012 

Former foster child says Rhode Island failed him and others – The New Haven Register – August 14, 2011

Nicholas Alahverdian on Steve Klamkin and the WPRO Morning News – News Talk 630 WPRO – November 2, 2013 

A survivor tells the story of kid-dumping – The Providence Journal – November 24, 2002

Former DCYF orphan billed 207k by state – CBS News WPRI 12 – September 28, 2012

Nicholas Alahverdian on The Buddy Cianci Show – News Talk 630 WPRO – September 29, 2012

Victim of abuse works for DCYF overhaul – CBS News WPRI 12 – April 8, 2011

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Former RI state representative says he didn’t steal political signs – NBC News WJAR 10 – October 27, 2016

A hard lesson in what a state can do to a kid – The Providence Journal – April 20, 2012

Amended bill would make Jeremiah pay for plate – The Providence Journal – March 30, 2012

Simple twist of fate in search for dad – The Providence Journal – October 7, 2012

Lawmakers question lien note sent to orphan – The Providence Journal – September 29, 2012

Former orphan seeks permission to sue state – The Providence Journal – December 10, 2011

Former orphan sues DCYF for child abuse – The Providence Journal – April 8, 2011

Out-of-state care costly for DCYF – The Providence Journal – April 8, 2011

Bill would limit DCYF placements – The Providence Journal – March 22, 2011

Child advocate nomination moves forward to Senate – The Providence Journal – March 30, 2011 Here is an (alternate link)

Nicholas Alahverdian knows the system inside and out – The Providence Journal – February 27, 2011 Here is an (alternate link)

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Nicholas Alahverdian

Nicholas Alahverdian is a Harvard-educated scholar and political activist. As an adolescent, Nicholas survived torture and abuse inflicted upon him by the Rhode Island government under the direct orders of a chief judge and a governor following his political activism against them while Alahverdian was an employee of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. Nicholas was sent to two facilities far from New England that had extensive records of torture, abuse, and negligence. He was forced to remain in these abusive facilities until his 18th birthday and was not allowed to contact anyone, go to school, or prepare for adulthood. Alahverdian survived the torture, sued his abusers, settled in court, and studied at Harvard University. The primary scholarly focus of Nicholas Alahverdian is the intersection of philology, rhetoric, and politics. He has been featured in The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS, and ABC News as well as The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe and countless other media entities.