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DaSilva introduces bill on behalf of torture victim Nicholas Alahverdian to keep RI orphans in RI
Roberto DaSilva, an East Providence State Representative, Pawtucket Police Captain, and East Providence Mayor, introduced the bill after learning of the torture of Nicholas Alahverdian by Rhode Island Government officials after his political activism
By: State of Rhode Island General Assembly
The bill (2011-H5746)
Historically, DCYF has transferred children out-of-state when they require services that the organization determines are not offered in Rhode Island.
"I was very moved by Nicholas Alahverdian's story and felt compelled to do something to eliminate the interstate transfer of young people in DCYF care," said Representative DaSilva. "We have the resources in-state to provide children with the treatments they need, so I see no reason to send them hundreds, even thousands, of miles away from home. This makes an already traumatic experience even worse for a child."
Under DaSilva's bill, an out-of-state transfer by Rhode Island family court would require a lengthy assessment of the child by DCYF and the Department of Corrections. "This would only be permitted under circumstances deemed extreme by the two agencies," said Nicholas Alahverdian.
In addition to his concern about the well-being of children under state care, Representative DaSilva said another goal of his legislation is to keep taxpayer dollars in the state. "We're paying out-of-state residential facilities hundreds of thousands of dollars, if not more, to house our own state residents. It just doesn't make sense, especially in these dire economic times. "
"This legislation will ensure that taxpayer dollars are not funding abuse and neglect across state lines," said Alahverdian. "More importantly, we can use the money that is being wasted on out-of-state facilities here in Rhode Island which would provide an economic boost to the state."