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The National Center for Victims of Crime Releases Model Civil Statutory Provisions at Third Global Summit


June 15, 2017
Contact: Keeley Frank [email protected]  202-467-8775

Encourages States to Revise Statutory Provisions on Elder Financial Exploitation.

Washington, DC – The Third Global Summit, in recognition of the 12th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), brought together global professionals to address and prevent elder financial exploitation. The Summit, convened by the National Adult Protective Services Association (NAPSA), the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA), and the National Center for Victims of Crime (National Center), was held Thursday, June 15, 2017 at the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). The purpose of the event was to raise awareness, highlight current initiatives and share progress, especially regarding the release of The Model Civil Statutory Provisions on Elder Financial Exploitation.

“What WEAAD 2017 is: the driving force of a caring culture where we celebrate and respect older persons and their human rights. There is a need for extraordinary leadership, clarity of vision, and complete commitment in knowing that in civil society, each person can and must resolve to do better, be stronger, to reach further, to find solutions” commented Elizabeth Podnieks, founder of WEAAD.

The Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders, a donor advised fund of the New York Community Trust, awarded funds to the National Center, in consultation with the American Bar Association’s (ABA) Commission on Law and Aging, to develop the Model Civil Statutory Provisions on Elder Financial Exploitation. The Model is a product of the 2014 Roundtable convened by the National Center that involved over 30 of the Nation’s leading experts on elder financial exploitation. The project was led by Jane Lee, former Director of the Financial Crime Resource Center at the National Center; Laura Cook, current Director of the Financial Crime Resource Center; Lori Stiegel, Senior Attorney of the ABA Commission on Law and Aging; and Matt Andres, Professor and Director of the Elder Financial Justice Clinic at the University of Illinois.

The Model Civil Statutory Provisions on Elder Financial Exploitation proffers suggested legislative language which may be used to better define and address the current realities of elder financial exploitation, hold perpetrators civilly accountable and enhance the remedies available to elderly victims. The statutory provisions incorporate key elements identified in the field as critical in advancing civil justice, including a broader definition of elder financial exploitation and the availability of enhanced remedies, such as treble damages. The Model was released at the Global Summit on Wednesday and can be viewed online at the National Center’s website.

Speakers at this year’s summit included keynote speaker US Senator Richard Blumenthal (CT); Andy Mao, Elder Justice Initiative Coordinator, US Department of Justice; Kathleen Quinn, Senior Advisor, NAPSA; Kate Bunting, CEO, HelpAge USA, among others.

If you or someone you know has been a victim of elder abuse, please call the VictimConnect Resource, a program of the National Center, to speak with a senior services victim assistance specialist who is specifically trained to provide reporting options, prevention strategies, and community resources to victims of elder abuse. Services can be accessed by calling or texting 1-855-4-VICTIM (1-855-484-2846) or by visiting www.victimconnect.org to chat or access information online. VictimConnect can be accessed anywhere in the United States Monday through Friday, 9:00-7:00pm EST.