Sarah Merrigan first became involved with SSDP as a college freshman when she founded her chapter at the University of Nebraska Omaha in February of 2013. By founding the first chapter in the state, Sarah became the de facto chapter leader and has helped establish two more active chapters in Nebraska.
Shortly after founding her chapter, Sarah participated in Syracuse University’s Drug Policy in Global Perspective study abroad program and traveled to both The Netherlands and Portugal to examine various drug policies from a human rights and public health perspective. Since getting involved with SSDP Sarah has lobbied at both a state and federal level, spoken on panels about harm reduction and youth involvement in global drug policy, and worked to develop SSDP’s presence at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs and the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem as SSDP’s UNGASS Coordinator Intern. Currently a senior majoring in Political Science, Sarah will be working as the Media Relations Intern for Law Enforcement Against Prohibition this summer and plans to continue working on international drug policy after graduation next year.