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Meet DPA’s New Executive Director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno

Derek Rosenfeld

The Drug Policy Alliance's podcast Drugs & Stuff has a new episode!

We sat down with DPA’s new executive director, Maria McFarland Sánchez-Moreno, to find out more about her history and look ahead to next week’s gathering at the 2017 International Drug Policy Reform Conference in Atlanta.

Maria’s commitment to social justice and drug policy reform dates from her childhood, which she spent mostly in Peru. She was strongly influenced by her early work at Human Rights Watch researching Colombia, where drug profits fueled massacres and official corruption. During her tenure at HRW, Maria pressed the organization to more directly address the war on drugs as a human rights issue. As a result, in 2013 Human Rights Watch became the first major international human rights organization to call for decriminalization of the personal use and possession of drugs and global drug reform more broadly.

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Thanks for listening, and stay classy!

Listen to the episode here.

Derek Rosenfeld is the manager of social media and media relations for the Drug Policy Alliance.

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