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Rafael Lemaitre
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Rafael Lemaitre currently serves as Director of Public Affairs for the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). Previously, he served as Communications Director for the Office of National Drug Control Policy at the White House. Lemaitre has also served as Senior Advisor for Media and Communications for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

Rafael holds a bachelor’s degree from James Madison University in media arts and design and political science, and a master’s degree in communications, culture and technology from Georgetown University, where he conducted research on the impact of social media technologies on contemporary American politics.

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What the New Budget Deal Means for Drug Policy Reform

(3) Comments | Posted January 17, 2014 | 1:17 PM

Over the past four years, we've worked hard to support drug policy reform rooted in science, evidence and research. A difficult budget environment hasn't made it easy. Damaging cuts caused by sequestration have placed real obstacles in the way of ensuring full support for services and...

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Are Drugs Today Really Cheaper, Purer, and More Available Than Ever?

(27) Comments | Posted February 12, 2013 | 4:21 PM

You've probably heard this claim: Despite decades of effort, we've failed to make any significant progress in reducing drug use in this country. Some critics go so far as to say that "illegal drugs are cheaper, purer, and more available today" than ever before. This is a compelling argument and...

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Drug Laws: Why Do We Have Them, and Do They Work?

(29) Comments | Posted February 6, 2013 | 8:49 AM

It's a question often raised in today's heated discussion about the efficacy of drug policy in America: Do regulations outlawing certain drugs actually work?

Let's go to the data. Here's what the nation's largest, longest-running, and most comprehensive source on the state of drug use in America

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Obama Drug Policy: Reforming the Criminal Justice System

(58) Comments | Posted December 2, 2011 | 5:34 PM

Recently we had the privilege of recognizing 10 community organizers at the White House as "Champions of Change." Each of these Champions represent innovative organizations and programs working across America to reform the way we approach our nation's drug problem. Among this group of educators, physicians, social workers...

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