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Morrissey College of Arts and Sciences

Nicholas Leydon

latin american studies

Class of 2003
B.A. in Political Science
Minor in Latin American Studies
Minor in Faith, Peace, and Justice

written by Lauren Goslin, '04

Since 2001 Nicholas has worked with Boston-based Physicians for Human Rights (PHR), first as an intern, then as part-time staff in the Asylum Network, and now full time on the Health Action AIDS campaign. PHR mobilizes health professionals (doctors, nurses, medical school students, etc.) around issues of health and human rights in order to document and advocate for change around strategic issues.

While still at Boston College, Nicholas worked in the Asylum Network, where he matched doctors with individuals seeking legal asylum in the United States from human rights abuses abroad. In this capacity, Nicholas assisted countless Latin Americans, among other needy refugees, escape persecution in their homelands.

Currently Nicholas, works on the Health Action AIDS campaign as a national grassroots field organizer. In key strategic states, the Health Action AIDS campaign unites health professionals as a unified voice to influence elected officials by signing letters, writing op-ed pieces, and meeting with their representatives. Through their research and expertise, PHR is a leading voice in the human rights community on the issue of HIV/AIDS. Their goal is to curb the global health emergency of HIV/AIDS by convincing the US Congress to commit more effective funding.

Nicholas hopes to continue his work at PHR and earn a Master's of Public Health before returning to study law. While HIV/AIDS has not ravaged Latin America to the degree that it affects Africa or Eastern Europe, Nicholas relates that he encountered many major AIDS issues, such as poor health infrastructure and too few physicians, in his past work in Latin America.