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Expert Legal Counsel Joins Compassion & Choices

Leading End-of-Life Care Advocacy Group Hires Former AMA Senior D.C. Counsel

Sylvia Trujillo, Compassion & Choices’ new Policy Director/Senior Legislative Counsel

Compassion & Choices, the oldest, largest and most active non-profit working to improve care and expand options for the end of life, is excited to announce it has hired a leading expert in healthcare, Sylvia Trujillo, to its legal advocacy and policy team.

Trujillo brings over 15 years of experience in advocacy and policy efforts at leading healthcare organizations to Compassion & Choices, whose title is Policy Director/Senior Legislative Counsel. The legal advocacy and policy team at Compassion & Choices is at the forefront of fighting for patient directed care at the end of life.

Trujillo formerly served as Senior Washington D.C. Counsel for the Federal Advocacy team at the American Medical Association, where she provided legal counsel and strategic advice on a host of issues, legislation, and laws, including the expansion of Medicare coverage to support advances in medical practice such as digital technologies.

Previously, she worked as Litigation Counsel at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Division, in Washington, D.C. after serving as the HHS Assistant Regional Counsel in Denver. She earned her J.D. from U.C. Berkeley, her M.P.P. from Harvard, and her B.A. from Bryn Mawr.

“Sylvia Trujillo is an exciting addition to our team and brings a wealth of experience and insight into issues that are at the epicenter of the changing healthcare landscape. With her help, we will continue to ensure that everyone is in charge of their healthcare options at the end of life.” said Kevin Díaz, Chief Legal Advocacy Officer of Compassion & Choices.

“I’m thrilled to join Compassion & Choices in advocating for end-of-life care options for all U.S. residents, regardless of where they live,” said Sylvia Trujillo. “I understand the power of ensuring patient autonomy, which should include the option of medical aid in dying for those who are terminally ill. I look forward to advancing this option and equitable access nationwide.”


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