Torture, abuse, and negligence. The consequences for blowing the whistle on political corruption.
From becoming the youngest certified lobbyist in American history to being tortured, beaten, and raped for political activism until his 18th birthday at the orders of a corrupt governor and chief judge, Nicholas Alahverdian (1987-2020) survived seemingly insurmountable attempts to destroy his life — only later to study at Harvard University and be one of the most effective reformers of social services of all time. He ended the night-to-night program after exposing the abuse and neglect. He even survived being raped by a legislator.
Because of his political activism in Rhode Island to reform the Department of Children, Youth, & Families (DCYF), Nicholas Alahverdian was sent to faraway places like Nebraska and Florida where he was beaten, tortured, raped, and persecuted. Nicholas Alahverdian was exiled for being a political whistleblower. He was not allowed to contact the law enforcement, the courts, members of the clergy, legislators, lawyers, or any individual that could help him escape the torture he was experiencing.
While Nicholas bravely survived being sent to these ill-equipped, abusive facilities, he should have never stepped foot in either Florida or Nebraska. Both the Family Court and DCYF administrators knew that these facilities had grand jury indictments issued against them and were closed by their respective states before; nevertheless Nicholas was still sent to these facilities where he was tortured, overmedicated, and deprived of food, water, education, protection from harm, and other basic necessities of life. The facilities were permanently closed after Alahverdian’s discharge, corroborating further the severe abuse and neglect that occurred in these facilities that contracted with Rhode Island DCYF.
All of this, because state government employee Nicholas Alahverdian was a whistleblower who would not tolerate governmental corruption. People lost their jobs at group homes, shelters, and at the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families. Contracts were ended. Group homes were closed. Yet now the state has an even higher rate of abuse and death under its current governor — a 1,450% increase since taking office four years ago.
Don’t believe it? See for yourself how Nicholas was exiled and silenced after working for the House of Representatives and how current and former RI state government officials are trying to silence and torture him to this very day. See the newsroom for the latest stories.
Nicholas Alahverdian, the youngest lobbyist in history, at age 14, was a victim of torture and abuse perpetrated by Rhode Island state officials. He defied all odds and eventually made it to Harvard University. After extensive news coverage about youth in the care of DCYF such as Nicholas Alahverdian and the torture they suffered, the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) is finally making the necessary changes to improve the quality of care offered to children and adolescents.
You can read a memo Nicholas wrote about the torture at one of the facilities obtained via FOIA request here at this link. You can even read about how the person who raped Nicholas Alahverdian in Florida admitted to it and pleaded guilty since it was covered in the local newspaper. You can also read most of the historical news archive about Nicholas Alahverdian here at this link.
As a young man, Nicholas made it his mission to ensure that he had a safe place to live. After all, Alahverdian was working as a legislative aide for the Rhode Island House of Representatives. He was merely 14 years old at the time.
Unfortunately, nefarious individuals such as Governor Donald Carcieri (who personally knew Nicholas Alahverdian), DCYF director Jay Lindgren, Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah, and others viewed Nicholas Alahverdian as a publicity threat. This was because of Alahverdian’s political activism and media coverage. Nicholas was not permitted to attend school or do anything that would have been indicative of being a healthy adolescent.
Nicholas began to expose the corrupt practices of the Rhode Island judiciary. One case that stands out is that of David Tassoni. He was a crony of Judge Jeremiah’s who represented himself as a lawyer and acted as Jeremiah’s chief of staff.
It later turned out that Tassoni never even had a law degree or an undergraduate degree for that matter. What is especially concerning is that Tassoni acted as an officer of the court, made administrative decisions, and even mediated divorce and child custody cases.
When Nicholas Alahverdian discovered David Tassoni’s fraud and threatened to take it to the press, Judge Jeremiah, Governor Carcieri, Director Lindgren, and others decided it was time to do something to prevent Nicholas Alahverdian from discovering the widespread corruption in the Carcieri administration and Rhode Island judiciary that would make Richard Nixon blush.
The political activism of Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Alahverdian was extensively profiled in The Providence Journal and on 630 WPRO, WPRI 12, ABC 6, and NBC 10. He began to speak out about the abuse and neglect that he suffered when he was placed in night-to-night placements. As a result, state officials tried get him fired from his job as a legislative aide.
The corrupt officials acting at the order of Judge Jeremiah located two facilities hundreds of miles from Rhode Island. Both of these facilities had grand jury indictments issued against them for severe torture inflicted upon their clients and patients.
They also had long track records of abuse and negligence as will be proven by state records and newspaper articles. We will publish them on this website.
Realizing that he was a victim of abuse in the infamous night-to-night program, he reported it to his colleagues in the Rhode Island House of Representatives and the Senate.
When the elected officials began to ask questions, the state officials took action and sent him hundreds of miles away from home to abusive facilities in Nebraska and Florida where he was allowed to contact no one. Not the courts, lawyers, elected officials, his family — anyone.
Aftermath of the torture in Nebraska and Florida
The facilities Nicholas Alahverdian was sent to in Nebraska and Florida were atrocious. During the two years he was gone, and in the years thereafter, everything Nicholas Alahverdian said about the Rhode Island DCYF was proven to be true. The child deaths. The night-to-night program. The lack or denial of education. And the torture in the out-of-state facilities.
Judge Jeremiah ended up being the subject of an extensive FBI and Department of Justice investigation and was eventually forced off the bench by the Rhode Island Supreme Court.
This website will contain all documents publicly available about the Nicholas Alahverdian torture case and its aftermath. The issues brought to light surround torture in RI DCYF state care by Nicholas will not go unforgotten, and significant changes are being made. It is all thanks to Alahverdian’s political activism and extensive media coverage that these changes are finally coming to the surface.
Rhode Island owes it to its children to be provided with a safe, secure home where they are treated with dignity and respect. An education, healthcare, and a safe home are not privileges — they are rights. That is what Nicholas Alahverdian stood for and he was tortured and cut off from the world for his political activism. No child will ever have to suffer what he did thanks to his bravery and courage.