Nicholas Alahverdian

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Nicholas Alahverdian
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DiedFebruary 29, 2020(2020-02-29) (aged 32)[1]

Nicholas Alahverdian (died February 29, 2020)[2] was a child welfare activist.

Alahverdian said that he was abused as a minor while under the care of the Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth & Families.[3][4][5][6] Over this, he sued the organization in 2011 in federal court, then withdrew the lawsuit when Rhode Island waived his ~$200,000 medical fees.[7]

In January 2020, Alahverdian said that he had been diagnosed with non-Hodgkin lymphoma.[8] According to his family, Alahverdian died of the disease on February 29, 2020.[9][10] His wife said that Alahverdian would be cremated and that Alahverdian's remains would be scattered at sea.[11] Upon Alahverdian's death, WPRI reported that he had moved out of the United States around four years earlier, with his wife saying that it was because they were not safe in the United States.[1][11]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Buteau, Walt (March 3, 2020). "Child welfare activist, DCYF critic loses battle with cancer". WPRI News. Archived from the original on March 11, 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  2. "Nicholas Alahverdian, R.I. child welfare activist, dies at 32". March 4, 2020. Archived from the original on March 4, 2020. Retrieved March 4, 2020.
  3. "Longtime child welfare advocate fighting cancer". WJAR. Retrieved 11 January 2020.
  4. "Accusations of abuse, neglect in DCYF homes". GoLocalProv. March 2, 2011. Archived from the original on December 2, 2018. Retrieved November 13, 2019.
  5. Heller, Mathias (February 9, 2012). "Legislation spotlights domestic abuse". The Daily Herald. Archived from the original on February 13, 2015. Retrieved May 9, 2015.
  6. Buteau, Walt. "Street Stories: DCYF". WPRI on YouTube. Retrieved November 15, 2019.
  7. Buteau, Walt. "Suit against DCYF settled". CBS News. Archived from the original on December 3, 2015. Retrieved November 10, 2019.
  8. Klamkin, Steve (9 January 2020). "DCYF critic, diagnosed with cancer, speaks out on troubled agency". WPRO News. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  9. "Child welfare activist dies of cancer". Associated Press. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  10. "Rhode Island child welfare reform advocate dies of cancer". NBC 10 News. 3 March 2020. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  11. 11.0 11.1 Klamkin, Steve. "Child abuse victim Alahverdian loses his cancer fight". WPRO News. Retrieved 3 March 2020.