Advocate for recovery, San Patrignano, Italy
Monica Luppi is International Relations and Policy Officer at San Patrignano (Italy), a non profit therapeutic community for drug addicted and socially excluded young people founded in 1978. After working as a volunteer in the center and as a logistics coordinator for school outreach campaigns, she began to focus on advocacy, specifically calling for a stronger voice for recovered addicts in shaping drug policy as well as availablity of comprehensive, recovery oriented treatment free of charge to all who need it.
Since 2005, Monica has represented the Foundation at many international events and conferences as well as on missions in Europe, Asia and the Americas. In 2006 she joined the Vienna NGO Committee on Narcotic Drugs at the United Nations, and was elected to serve on the Board in 2010. In 2011 she continued her advocacy work on the European level as part of the European Commission's Expert Group on Drugs. She is also a member of the Board of Europe Against Drugs, an network of more than fifty organizations in twenty three countries which aims to help to reduce the burden on individuals, families and society at large by promoting comprehensive, balanced and integrated policies on drugs.