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Andrea Marcin

  • Hosted by Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Baltimore, Maryland
  • Law school University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Andrea will enable lawyers, allied professionals, and community members to identify the indicators that an older adult is being victimized.

Older adults will doubtless endure the lasting effect of increased isolation and financial insecurity. This project will support attorneys to be better able to address elder abuse, whether that be through credit repair, debt collection defense, foreclosure prevention, estate planning, or referrals to organizations addressing health and safety.

Growing up in the Baltimore suburbs, Andrea enjoyed the benefits of proximity to city culture but was blind to the forces that oppress entire neighborhoods. After the 2015 Uprising, she became committed to advocating for the rights of low-income people. She is eager to continue Maryland Volunteer Lawyers Service’s important work providing access to justice to clients in need with a focus on the vulnerable, often overlooked older adult population.

Fellowship Plans

During her Fellowship, Andrea will design and implement a screening tool to be used at her organization and shared with other service providers to detect potential victims of elder abuse. She will also collaborate with volunteer attorneys and allied professionals to host trainings on elder justice topics, such as capacity and working with marginalized communities. In addition to this work, Andrea will directly represent clients in civil legal matters, preserving older adults’ dignity and autonomy while enabling them to recover from exploitation and abuse.

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Improving the National Response to Elder Abuse and Exploitation

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