Persio Acevedo

Regional Network: 
New England Regional Network
Class Year: 
2008
Position: 
Public Health and Civil Right Advocate
Organization: 
Boston Public Health Commission

Persio Acevedo is an environmentalist, activist, songwriter & musician, and founder of a civil right task force in Lawrence, Massachusetts. In addition, he is pursuing a degree in business management, and has formal training in filmmaking from the Altos de Chavon School in the Dominican Republic. Persio became active in the environmental field in 2003. Currently, he holds the position of Public Health Advocate for the Boston Public Health Commission. His works with auto-body and repair-shops and educates workers of their responsibility with the environment, other workers, and neighboring communities. As a Civil Right Advocate, Persio has been working with the ACLU and with local politicians and community leaders in trying to create a safer environment and establish a fairer treatment for victims of police abuse and racial profiling in minority-based communities. Persio has recently joined a CORI reform movement in the city of Boston.