For Nicholas Alahverdian, a Harvard scholar with a vast array of research interests and focal areas, Jackson Pollock’s work was that of a genius.
Jackson Pollock’s painting style was not merely improvisational – it also incorporated characteristics reminiscent of those artists and authors who engaged in the practice of writing and/or painting in the style of stream-of-consciousness.
Drip after drip, smear after smear, mixing the two – these techniques cumulatively defined the greatness of his work.
Loyal to his art and chronically dissatisfied with his performance, he lengthened his artistic stride to further his aesthetic interpretation of the world in which we live.
About Nicholas Alahverdian
Nicholas Alahverdian was born and raised in the Boston metropolitan area. Orphaned at the age of 14, Nicholas was a bookworm and aspired to become a lawyer, journalist, and an elected official. Nicholas said “I found that each profession complemented the other, and as one grows in influence in one field, they simultaneously acquire knowledge to assist intellectual advancement in variant fields. Law, journalism, and politics have a symbiotic relationship with one another, and being involved in those three fields as a professional would epitomize being a public servant.”
At Harvard, he concentrated in comparative literature and political science. His professors and advisors included Henry Louis Gates, Jr., John Hamilton, Theo Theoharis, and Thomas Underwood.
Alahverdian has taught political science, literature and creative writing as an adjunct lecturer at Harvard University and other institutions. Nicholas taught courses on political advocacy in the 21st century, with a particular focus on how multiple factors are damaging public faith in elections. and in some cases, democracy in its totality. Nicholas has long been a key figure in helping companies and individuals adopt a fresh approach to campaigning and lobbying, discarding outdated tactics and restructuring for greater success and revenue generation.
Nicholas Alahverdian worked on many political campaigns, including stints with Cranston Mayor John O’Leary, State Representative Raymond A. Hull, East Providence Mayor Bob DaSilva, and many others. Nicholas Alahverdian’s interests outside of work include poetry, the opera, and reading.
In this volume, Lewis explicates the meaning of ‘law’ in the material sense as well as the spiritual sense. Lewis speaks of the Law of Nature and how it “must be something above and beyond the actual facts of human behaviour (p. 23).” As Lewis explains further, he parallels observation with speculation and notes that man doesn’t observe he is man, he in fact knows and actively recognizes he is man as he says “we are men (ibid).”
When man received the Mosaic law, he recognized that there were regulations exacted by God to his people. Wisdom, as interpreted by the Jews, was knowing through God and faith, whereas Socratic wisdom consisted of knowing that one cannot know all.
As the Mosaic law sustained the people throughout the centuries, it became clear that it was imperative that the law be fulfilled so that the men of Lewis’ description could be the recipients of the comprehensive blessings associated with the fulfillment of the Law. Indeed, it was faith that made Abraham righteous; the law came after. As was detailed in the lecture of May 18th, the law was always destined to prepare for Christ as it was a step on the path to Him.
There are three kinds of Catholic law: eternal law; natural law, and positive law (as discussed in the lecture on May 19th). The Ten Commandments stood to govern exterior human acts and prepare for Christ whilst the New Law is the Law of Love and is in direct correlation with freedom and grace. This law fulfills the Old Law and governs interior human acts.
As Christ said, “Do unto others as you would that they should do unto you.” Humanity obeying this law would singlehandedly solve most of the ethical and moral problems in the world. The foundation of iniquity to Lewis is pride (p. 122) and as such, the solution of the aforementioned problems would be attained through the dissolution of pride which “leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind (ibid).” Pride is the antithesis of Godliness; it is doing to others the polar opposite of what one would want done to him.
Jim Hickok and I sat in a dark diner in a lodge during a light snow, silently staring into our coffee and mulling over the recent midterm election. As Jim wasn’t from the Ocean State, I had to give him the lowdown on the ways of Rogue’s Island. In the smallest state, you had schemers and cleaners, aging old school dons and Italian grandmothers who still didn’t speak English. You had the different hills of the capital city, straight out of central casting, each with its distinct power structure — with some based in legitimate interests and others in so-called crime.
For two decades with a brief interruption, this capital city of this state called Rogue — the Island of Rogue — had an inspirational Mayor. Some say he was Jekyll, some say he was Hyde, but at one point or another, aren’t we all a little bit of both?
Jim worked as a stagecoach driver and had met some colorful characters out there on the high prairie and the frozen tundra. He was well known throughout the west as a gambler and actor. He had seen it all. Jim had many stories to tell and met people I could only dream of meeting. He had lived in places far and wide, and if there ever was a thing Jim Hickok knew how to do well, it was to put his finger on the pulse of a town and see what made its gears turn.
Jim sat back and stared at me with his icy eyes. “Back where I’m from we have a saying embossed on a plaque that we give to every incoming elected official, no matter their office,” he said. “It goes something like this. Oh, let me write it down… you’ll need it some day, Nicholas.”
Jim grabbed a napkin and pulled a fountain pen from his leather waistcoat, which seemed to have a pocket for something needed for any profession. This was *the* Jim Hickok after all.
He handed me the most luxuriously crisp parchment upon which he wrote:
“Leader of the people, come with humble heart, know there are few that can play your part. When you are faced with worry or woe, ensure you do right for friend or foe. Will you serve your fellow man? Remember the code taught since time began.”
After the passage, on that crisp beautiful parchment, old Jim Hickok wrote “To Nicholas Alahverdian, survivor of the Island of Rogue. May the eyes of God weep on that land until the corrupt scions and political lions are flooded out.”
“Island of Rogue,” I said. “Quite fitting.”
Island of Rogue
“Son, don’t you even know your own history?” Jim asked, sounding slightly annoyed. “I’d hate to go back West and tell them about the fabled Nicholas Alahverdian, that old survivor, the one they called the storm, who everyone thought fought so hard yet had so little faith in himself, was yearning to learn but applying it to nothing, working for something but forgetting why he started fighting like a one-armed boxer in the first place.”
I stared into the black abyss of the coffee, trying to focus myself into oblivion. Here was old Jim Hickok, the legend. The lore surrounding this man haunted me for decades. Now he was insulting my performance. I didn’t even know anyone bought a ticket, let alone someone was watching the performance that was my broken, shattered life.
Hickok stood up from his chair, his heavy leather boots stomping on the creaky wooden floor and shaking the trinkets on the walls of the lodge.
He grabbed me by the lapels and shouted, “Besides the tigers that crouch and wait for your blood, why were you brought here? You’ve walked with great men, they’ve led you with the scepter and the pen. You betray the promise you made the day you left home. The promise you were meant to keep under every spire, roof, and dome.”
I felt sick and queasy and he tossed me about. Old Jim could easily fry me as he would a freshly caught trout.
Haunted by the past and fearful of the future
I stuttered and staggered, falling about like a bleeding hound. “Under the dome of which you speak on a hill called Smith, I shined a light on a war that people called a myth. The forests know, as do the mountains; nature is my silent witness that the blood spouted from my head like a million fountains. I was nearly killed, just another body for the counting. And then one winter night, a villianous trollop made everything worse, and forevermore they’ve left me with this curse.”
Hickok just stared at my discourse as if it floated in the air, something tangible, nearly palpable. His burly fists still clutched my lapels, like pearls clinging to shells.
Jim Hickok paused and released his grasp. “Nicholas Alahverdian, don’t you know why you survived so many blows? The curse of which you speak was a ticket to a life — without it, your existence would be terse. You were taught to travel, ramble, and roam, and never again will you be alone. You survived a treacherous scheme masquerading as a church, they bedeviled you from their lowly perch. As the wind came and went and blew you away, you survived yet another day. Do you remember your days in the Ivory Tower, your moments of enlightenment blooming like a flower? No more did you need a motley unattractive throng, no more did you require to sing the warrior’s song. You fought power and you demanded penance from a corrupt king, you made everything new — your life, once again, is in its morning.”
The Renaissance is a lie
Two men appeared, dressed in black. They held newspapers with headlines. Electoral victories for Nicholas Mattiello and Gina Raimondo. Rogue’s Island remains true to its name. Hickok grabbed the paper from his bodyguard and walked slowly back towards me. “You don’t want to be on this sinking ship,” he said, “that you can see through the nearly blinding brine. You would speak the truth and once again be treated like swine.”
I put on my Stetson and moved for the door. “Old Jim,” I said, “My thanks comes from my heart, indeed, it comes from its core.” I turned around and closed my eyes, the frost on my face felt like a welcome prize.
”Alahverdian!” he shouted, before I left. “Don’t ever think you’re ever bereft. Your fighting days are over, step away from the deaf and blind. Go forward with wisdom, and use your mind. Those rogues, Nick and Gina, this is their day, but know now and forever, they have a price to pay. Just like those past who ruled from under that dome, their corruption and treachery will soon be known. But don’t waste your time, it’s no longer your war, you’ve made your mark and it has been felt at the core.”
I looked down, my brow caked with sweat. I forgot about the Mayor, which I began to regret. “Old Jim,” I said, “One more thing. The Mayor brought more than anyone else could bring. To this Island of Rogues, he gave a city called Renaissance, his place in history firmly ensconced. To suffer and be exiled from my glorious city, doesn’t it cause you to have any pity?”
“Nicholas,” he said, “in Renaissance, your skies were eerily overcast, and don’t you recall, the fiery blast? It’s not your home, you don’t belong, they tortured and beat you, and sung you death’s song. I can bring you back. I can let you see. But do you really want to engage in such stupidity?”
I shuffled my boots and emptied my brain. I thought of the strife, I thought of the pain. It was Jim, who reminded me of this toil, and at that second my blood started to boil.
“Old Jim,” I said, “It seems you’re right. There’s no point in returning to a land without light. They drained the sea when they exiled me, the first time, the second — there won’t be three.”
Old Jim stood solid at the brass back door. He straightened his tie and tapped his cane on the floor. “Alahverdian,” said he, “you’ve finally made the best choice. There are causes and efforts more worthy of your voice.”
I turned around, and faced the cold. I knew in my heart the decision was bold. Chopping down the tree of knowledge, I thought of their hate. I then knew that this was my fate. I worked and toiled and made a pirogue, to sail forever away from the Island of Rogue.
From Thoughts on Autumn, Harvard, and the Future of Today’s Students by Nicholas Alahverdian, 2014
“Autumn is typically associated with expiration, the death of the leaves on the trees and the mounds of yellow, red, and orange leaves gathering on the ground. But autumn is also a time of a sort of birth for the intellectual. Autumn helps to assist with the improvement of one’s mind, it is the time when most students are beginning again their studies.
“Autumn is the perfect season with which to engage in learning and study for me because of the colors of the leaves and the natural stimulation of the surrounding beauty of the landscape of whatever collegiate setting I would find myself in. It is especially inspiring and edifying, almost as if the colors surrounding me simply spark the creative corner of my brain.”
About: Nicholas Alahverdian is a victim of torture perpetrated upon him by group homes and shelters who contracted with the Rhode Island State Government to provide services for children in the care of the Department of Children Youth and Families. Nicholas simultaneously worked for the Rhode Island General Assembly as a legislative aide.
As a 14-year-old legislative aide, I was sodomized and raped by a member of the Rhode Island House of Representatives. That person now wields formidable power. In light of the recent facts illuminated by the sexual harassment perpetrated by Cale Keable upon Katie Kazarian, I felt prompted to do what I never thought I would: bring the facts of this vicious and embarrassing assault upon me to the public eye.
I was degraded and humiliated by a person in power — and this culture of corruption in Rhode Island politics needs to stop. Katie Kazarian is leading the charge in exposing the moral attrition at the State House, and for that she deserves the utmost praise. But for myself, I go on and tell my story to those whom will listen. The most deplorable action we can take to address these endemic issues is none at all. I will be releasing details of the rape upon my person after the election. That way, no one can say ‘Nicholas Alahverdian did this for political advantage.’
Este año, Rhode Island está envuelto en una importante carrera para gobernador. Realmente solo tienen dos opciones: la republicana Allan Fung y la demócrata Gina Raimondo. Joe Trillo podría muy bien ser una planta de Raimondo. Parece que tiene una venganza personal contra Allan Fung que trasciende esta elección.
¿Por qué debería apoyar a Allan Fung para gobernador?
Gina Raimondo ha tenido una carrera terrible en los últimos 3 años y medio. Ella es responsable del desastre en el Departamento de Niños, Jóvenes y Familias. Ahora hay una investigación y auditoría federal activa contra el DCYF – otra vez. Ella es responsable del desastre del Proyecto de Infraestructura de Salud Unificada (UHIP). UHIP ahora le ha costado al estado $ 660,000,000.00 debido a las fallas de Deloitte, la compañía contratada para construir el gigante de TI.
Gina Raimondo ha puesto de rodillas al estado. Nick Mattiello, presidente de la Cámara de Representantes de Rhode Island, empeora las cosas. Ambos fallan en entregarse a Rhode Islanders debido al fiasco de UHIP, las muertes de DCYF, la pérdida de los Medias Rojas de Pawtucket, los datos distorsionados en el portal de transparencia en línea del estado y muchos otros errores.
El éxito del alcalde Allan Fung
Allan Fung, por otro lado, preside una de las 50 ciudades más importantes de América. Es un alcalde honesto y sincero de la segunda ciudad más grande de Rhode Island. Fung escucha a sus electores y escucha lo que tienen que decir. En resumen, Fung hará lo mismo en la oficina del gobernador. Escucharás, sopesarás las opciones y decidirás el mejor curso de acción.
Con Gina Raimondo, hemos visto inacción. Hemos visto al personal de Raimondo a cargo de las políticas en sus departamentos miserables y mal administrados. Hay personas no calificadas y no certificadas que realizan tareas que cuestan a millones de Rhode Island cuando no tienen las calificaciones necesarias para hacerlo. En un caso, alguien actuaba en nombre del estado de Rhode Island y ni siquiera era un abogado calificado. Gina está en esto por sí misma y su futura carrera política. Raimondo no tiene los mejores intereses de Rhode Islanders en su corazón.
Gina Raimondo es una oligarca rica. Ella solo es liberal cuando le conviene. Ella está cortada de la misma tela que aquellos que hablan sin parar sobre “familias trabajadoras” y solo actúan como si apoyaran al isleño Rhode promedio. Sin embargo, al final del día, sus detalles de seguridad la llevan de regreso a su exuberante casa en East Side donde puede vivir su vida en paz y posteridad con su familia, mientras que la gente de Rhode Island sufre y los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. Torturados y asesinados.
Aparentemente, preocuparse por trabajar en Rhode Island solo dura hasta las 5 pm en un día laborable.
Rhode Island prosperará con el gobernador Fung
Allan Fung será la antítesis de Gina Raimondo. Me atrevo a decir que Allan será el anti-Gina Raimondo. Traerá empleos, reducirá los impuestos y protegerá a los niños bajo el cuidado de DCYF. No hay duda en esta elección: Gina Raimondo es inherentemente incapaz de ser gobernadora debido a los numerosos desastres que hemos visto en cuatro cortos años.
Se puede garantizar a la gente de Rhode Island que si se elige Allan Fung, a partir de 2019 veremos una Rhode Island con más posibilidades. Veremos un aire de optimismo y no de desesperación. Allan hará todo lo posible para devolver el espíritu de dinamismo al Estado del Océano, algo que desafortunadamente no hemos tenido en mucho tiempo.
Gina Raimondo preside un estado en el que los engranajes están trabajando en acuerdos políticos y en la cultura de un club de hombres viejos. Eso ahora se ha convertido en un club de chicas troll. Uso el término ‘club de chicas troll’ no como una falta de respeto, sino porque Gina está bromeando con Allan Fung. Ella se niega a discutirlo personalmente sin la distracción de Joe Trillo, el candidato sin oportunidad. Ella es indiferente a las sugerencias de tácticas de liderazgo de Fung que funcionarán. Y ella descarta las soluciones de sentido común de Allan para arreglar los departamentos estatales.
Rhode Island se pierde en el bosque. Gina Raimondo continuará liderando departamentos rotos donde se matan niños, las líneas del DMV salen por la puerta y profesionales no calificados toman decisiones ejecutivas.
Estoy seguro de que a los burócratas ineptos de toda la vida, como Mike Burk y Kevin Aucoin, finalmente se les mostrará la puerta de DCYF, terminando su reinado de terror de una vez por todas. Allan Fung auditará y analizará todas y cada una de las facetas de DCYF para asegurarse de que la agencia sea el epítome de lo que debería ser un sistema de bienestar infantil cuando sea elegido y en el futuro.
Allan Fung proporcionará un verdadero liderazgo desde el primer día. Es un alcalde práctico y será un gobernador práctico. Reparará el estado del Rhode Island y le dará lo que necesita: un impulso en su economía y su autoestima. Con Allan a la cabeza, los niños estarán más seguros, aumentarán los empleos y más dinero entrará en el estado que nunca. Él será el campeón de Rhode Island y luchará implacablemente por nuestras familias e hijos.
Allan Fung luchará por ti.
Nicholas Alahverdian es un académico y activista político educado en Harvard. Como adolescente, Nicholas sobrevivió a la tortura y los abusos que le infligió el gobierno de Rhode Island bajo las órdenes directas de un juez principal y un gobernador después de su activismo político contra ellos, mientras que Alahverdian era un empleado de la Cámara de Representantes de Rhode Island.
Nicholas fue enviado a dos instalaciones lejos de Nueva Inglaterra que tenían extensos registros de tortura, abuso y negligencia. Se vio obligado a permanecer en estas instalaciones abusivas hasta que cumplió 18 años y no se le permitió ponerse en contacto con nadie, ir a la escuela ni prepararse para la edad adulta. Alahverdian sobrevivió a la tortura, demandó a sus abusadores, se estableció en la corte y estudió en la Universidad de Harvard.
El enfoque académico principal de Nicholas Alahverdian es la intersección de la filología, la retórica y la política. Ha aparecido en The Providence Journal, NPR, BBC, NBC, CBS y ABC News, así como en The Buddy Cianci Show, The Boston Globe y en muchas otras entidades de medios.
Comunicado de imprensa Para sua liberação imediata 18 de outubro de 2018
O acadêmico de Harvard e ativista da reforma do DCYF, Nicholas Alahverdian, desencadeou um aviso feroz para o povo de Rhode Island hoje depois de descobrir que mais crianças aos cuidados do Departamento de Crianças, Jovens e Famílias de Rhode Island (DCYF) foram assassinado ou quase morto desde que governador Gina Raimondo e presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello subiram ao poder no governo do estado.
“Isso é o que encontramos”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Analisamos tudo, desde os arquivos do Providence Journal até as solicitações do FOIA. As crianças nos cuidados do DCYF correm mais riscos do que nunca. Este é um ano eleitoral e não posso ignorar o óbvio: Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello falharam. Não há ordens executivas ou legislação para ajudar as crianças. Por causa disso, as crianças dos lares adotivos do DCYF estão morrendo ”.
“Gina Raimondo e Nicholas Mattiello têm sangue nas mãos”, continuou Nicholas Alahverdian. “Uma das últimas vezes que uma criança morreu no estado foi o caso de Thomas” T.J. “Wright, sob a administração do ex-governador Donald Carcieri. Coincidentemente, eu tive o mesmo assistente social que o pequeno T.J. Wright.
Durante o mesmo tempo em que Thomas foi morto em Woonsocket, fui torturado e estuprado na Flórida. Tudo isso aconteceu no mês de outubro de 2004. A pobre Patricia Chabot estava tão sobrecarregada com uma alta taxa de casos que uma criança foi torturada e estuprada e outra morta, tudo em um mês. Esta prática continua inabalável até hoje sob a administração de Raimondo, exceto que é literalmente e exatamente 1.450% pior “.
À medida que a eleição de 2018 se aproxima, é importante destacar os atuais funcionários. “Tivemos mais de 30 mortes ou quase mortes nos últimos 3 anos e meio”, disse Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, em seu onipresente tom blasé, descartou os problemas do DCYF como” de longa data. “Embora esses problemas sejam de longa duração, essas crianças mortas têm 8 e 9 anos. Elas não têm uma chance justa de vida”.
Quanto à situação do presidente da Câmara dos Representantes Nicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian estava furioso consideravelmente: “Mais de 50% da Câmara dos Deputados aprovou um projeto de lei geral e as contas individuais de revisão DCYF. A legislação nunca foi votada “.
“O consultor jurídico Nicholas Mattiello e os membros da Comissão Mista de Serviços Legislativos da trabalhado ativamente para inibir qualquer legislação que iria melhorar ou revisar DCYF. Vicariamente, Nicholas Mattiello é co-responsável pelas mortes e abusos sofridos pelas crianças sob os cuidados do DCYF. ”
Nicholas Alahverdian, ex-conselheiro legislativo da Câmara dos Representantes de Rhode Island contratado com a idade de 14, tem lutado para a reforma DCYF desde 2002. Alahverdian sofreu tortura, abuso e negligência no programa infame todas as noites no mesmo tempo que funcionou para o governo do estado.
Quando os legisladores e os meios de comunicação começaram a agir e relatou o abuso Alahverdian estava sofrendo, ele foi exilado pelo juiz da Vara de Família Jeremiah S. Jeremias e Donald L. Carcieri Governador de duas instalações: Manatee Palms na Flórida e Centro Residencial Residencial Boys Town em Nebraska – que mais tarde foram fechados por seus próprios estados para tortura, abuso e negligência. Durante esse período de tempo, Alahverdian não permitidos entrar em contato com quaisquer advogados, tribunais, assistentes sociais DCYF, a polícia.
Alahverdian mais tarde processou seus agressores em um tribunal federal de Rhode Island, ele liderou uma tentativa de Estado e ataque legislativo federal para tentar melhorar as políticas e práticas DCYF, e estudou literatura comparada na Universidade de Harvard.
Nicholas Alahverdian apóia Allan Fung: “Vote em Allan Fung para proteger as crianças de Rhode Island!”
DCYF expert releases statement on foster child deaths during the first 3 years of the tenure of Governor Gina Raimondo
MORE CHILDREN IN DCYF CARE HAVE DIED UNDER SPEAKER MATTIELLO AND GOVERNOR RAIMONDO THAN ANY OTHER SPEAKER AND GOVERNOR COMBINED
Nicholas Alahverdian uncovers 1,450% increase in child deaths or near-deaths since Gina Raimondo was inaugurated
PRESS RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE OCTOBER 18, 2018
PROVIDENCE, R.I. (nicholasalahverdian.com) — Harvard scholar and DCYF reform activist Nicholas Alahverdian unleashed a fierce warning to the people of Rhode Island today after discovering that more children in the care of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth, and Families (DCYF) have been killed or nearly killed since Governor Gina Raimondo and Speaker Nicholas Mattiello have risen to power in state government.
“What we have found,” said Nicholas Alahverdian, “Through diving into everything from Providence Journal archives to FOIA requests, is that children in DCYF care are more at risk than ever. This is an election year and I take no ignominy in stating the obvious: Gina Raimondo and Nicholas Mattiello have not — though executive order or legislation — done anything to substantially curve this dangerous trend of dead or nearly-dead DCYF kids.”
“Gina Raimondo and Nicholas Mattiello have blood on their hands,” Nicholas Alahverdian continued. “One of the last times a child died in state care was the case of Thomas Wright, under the administration of former Governor Donald Carcieri. Coincidentally, I had the same social worker as little T.J. Wright — and while he was being killed in Woonsocket, I was being tortured and raped in Florida — all in the month of October 2004. Poor Patricia Chabot was so overburdened with a high rate of cases that she had one kid being tortured and raped and another ending up dead — all in one month. This practice continues unabated to this day under the Raimondo administration — except it is literally and exactly 1,450% worse.”
As the 2018 election draws near, it is important to highlight the records of the incumbents. “We have had over 30 deaths or near-deaths in the past 3 and a half years,” said Nicholas Alahverdian. “Gina Raimondo, in her ubiquitous blasé tone, has dismissed DCYF issues as ‘longstanding.’ While these issues are longstanding, these dead kids are 8 and 9 years old. They are not given a fair chance at life.”
Turning to the situation of Speaker Nicholas Mattiello, Alahverdian was considerably infuriated: “Over 50% of the House Chamber supported an omnibus bill and individual bills to overhaul DCYF. Not one bill — bills which were introduced year after year — made it out of committee. Not one. Nicholas Mattiello’s legal counsel and members of the Joint Committee on Legislative Services worked to actively inhibit any legislation that would improve or overhaul DCYF. Vicariously, Nicholas Mattiello is jointly responsible for the deaths and abuse suffered by children in DCYF care.”
The study, conducted by Nicholas Alahverdian and his team of researchers, found that within the past three gubernatorial administrations, there has been a stark increase in DCYF child deaths since Raimondo became Governor. “In 2008, DCYF investigated reports of the death of a child in their care. In 2003, we saw the tragic death of T.J. Wright. Within a five year timespan, we had two investigations of DCYF-related deaths,” said Alahverdian. In the Chafee administration from 2011 to 2015, there were no child deaths. Yet under Gina Raimondo, we as a state have to take a seat and say to ourselves ‘within 4 years there have been over 30 deaths or near-deaths’”
“It’s unconscionable,” said Alahverdian. “We have dead Rhode Island kids while Raimondo mingles in glitzy ballrooms raising funds for her campaign — policies which, by practice, include the disregard of DCYF-related killings.”
Nicholas Alahverdian, a former legislative aide for the Rhode Island House of Representatives hired at the age of 14, has been fighting for DCYF reform since 2002. Alahverdian suffered torture, abuse, and negligence in the infamous night-to-night program at the same time he worked for the state government.
When legislators and the media began to act and report on the abuse Alahverdian was suffering, he was exiled by Family Court Chief Judge Jeremiah S. Jeremiah and Governor Donald L. Carcieri to two facilities — Manatee Palms in Florida and Boys Town Residential Treatment Center in Nebraska — which were later closed by their own states for torture, abuse, and neglect. Thought that period of time, Alahverdian was allowed to contact no one at all — lawyers, the courts, DCYF social workers, the police.
Alahverdian later sued his abusers in federal court in Rhode Island, led an attempted state and federal legislative blitz to attempt to enhance DCYF policies and practices, and studied comparative literature at Harvard University.