José is a leadership team member for the Global Partnership for Zero Leprosy and is the board chair for the International Association for Integration, Dignity and Economic Advancement (IDEA).
He has also personally experienced leprosy. José, from Laredo, Texas, was diagnosed with leprosy as a teenager and lived for 7 years in the national leprosarium at the time, the U.S. Public Health Hospital in Carville, Louisiana. His treatment involved experimental drugs that led to multidrug therapy. While he was eventually cured, this experience led him to champion the rights and dignity of all people.
In this interview, José discusses the valuable work of IDEA, and how everyone can act to help dispel myths about leprosy.