Jane Handley

  • Hosted by Indiana Legal Services, Inc.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Law school Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2020
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Jane targeted the needs of victims aged 60 and older who live in Indiana counties that have been designated as “mostly” or “completely” rural.

Seniors residing in rural areas may struggle to obtain access to justice and services due to health issues, lack of transportation, lack of readily available resources, or lack of knowledge as to how to navigate the oftentimes complex legal system. Through a combination of advocacy and education, this project seeks to eliminate or ease the negative effects of elder abuse. Social services that may be used to assist senior victims will be identified and utilized for the project’s clients. This Fellowship gave Jane the opportunity to directly assist seniors by working hand-in-hand with them to ascertain what they needed and wanted, and to empower them with knowledge so they could active participants rather than a passive recipients.

Jane came to this project having worked for years as a deputy prosecuting attorney and assistant district attorney in Indiana and New Mexico. She specialized in the prosecution of domestic violence, sex crimes, and crimes against children and remains dedicated to seeking justice for the most vulnerable victims in society. While practicing in New Mexico, she became acutely aware of the problems unique to elderly victims living in remote areas of the state.

Fellowship Highlights

Jane’s project provided civil legal representation to seniors residing in rural areas who are victims of criminal acts such as domestic violence, sexual assault, neglect, or financial exploitation. The project also presented free law-related education and proactive programming to seniors, as well as training for professionals and community members regarding the identification of crimes against the elderly and other relevant topics. Jane conducted outreach and established relationships with organizations and individuals state and nation-wide to create a comprehensive network of resources that support and assist victims.

Media

Jane Handley, '06, Chosen for Equal Justice Works Elder Justice Program Fellowship

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