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Elvis Candelario

  • Hosted by New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG)
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location New York, New York
  • Law school University of Connecticut School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Elvis’ project aimed to address the emerging and urgent legal needs of older adults with comprehensive, free civil legal services, policy advocacy, and community education.

Over 120,000 older New Yorkers experience elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation each year. Elvis will address specific and common examples of elder abuse, including older adults forced to live in abusive households because family members or friends have moved into their homes, and theft of the older adults’ lifetime savings, homes, retirement funds, and SNAP benefits. Elder abuse can result in poverty, loss of sustenance and proper nourishment, risk of homelessness, and physical and psychological abuse

As a native New Yorker and the son of proud Dominican immigrants, Elvis witnessed the suffering of indigent, disenfranchised individuals in his community and continues to struggle for the social, economic, and universal rights of the most vulnerable New Yorkers on a daily basis. Elvis continued his career in public interest work and social justice by fulfilling the mission of New York Legal Assistance Group (NYLAG) and providing high-quality legal services to the unfortunate victims of elder abuse.

Fellowship Highlights

Elvis tackled complex cases using a comprehensive, multidisciplinary approach made possible by the Elder Justice Program. Elvis worked on a variety of civil legal issues such as financial exploitation, powers of attorney and other advance planning/authorization documents, public benefits, housing, orders of protection, and guardianship. Additionally, he built a referral network by participating in the New York City Elder Abuse Center’s multidisciplinary team meetings, which allowed him to collaborate with other supportive service providers. He also represented the NYLAG at community events and engaged in outreach and educational activities to help identify older victims of crime.

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