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Matthew Schwimmer

2016, AmeriCorps Legal Fellowships, Matthew Schwimmer

Matthew Schwimmer

Name of Host Organization: West Tennessee Legal Services
City, State: Jackson, Tennessee
Issue area: Elderly
Sponsors: AmeriCorps, U.S. Department of Justice - Office for Victims of Crime, The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation, MetLife Foundation, West Tennessee Legal Services

The Project

Provide direct representation of elderly victims of abuse, build teams of service providers, and educate the community.

The Inspiration

Need Addressed By Project
This project addresses the lack of resources, provides a legal route to address abuse and exploitation, and gives elderly people here a sense of dignity they have not had before. Also, this area lacks multidisciplinary networks to address elder issues, and my project partially focuses on bringing service providers together.
The Right Person For This Project

Matthew is the right person for the project because:
• He believes in the idea that everyone deserves access to justice no matter who they are
• His educational background focuses on advocacy
• He likes advocating for the people least likely to have advocates