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Jerry Leakey

  • Hosted by Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County, Inc.
  • Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime
  • Service location West Palm Beach, Florida
  • Law school Florida A&M University College of Law
  • Issue area Elder Abuse
  • Fellowship class year 2021
  • Program Elder Justice Program

The Project

Through his Fellowship, Jerry (he/him/his) supported socially and economically vulnerable seniors in the rural areas of Palm Beach and Hendry Counties in Florida by providing assistance through direct legal services, outreach, and education.

Prior to joining the Elder Justice Program, Jerry worked in the Children’s Healthcare Advocacy Project at the Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. There he assisted parents, guardians, and other advocates in removing barriers to medical, dental, behavioral, and mental healthcare for children in Palm Beach County. Jerry is proud of the assistance and education he provided to his clients and the community to improve access to care for children in Palm Beach County, Florida.

Florida has a larger elder population than most other states, and elder exploitation is concerning due to both the individual acts of victimization and the potential number of victims being targeted. Seniors are being taken advantage of by strangers, neighbors, family, caretakers, and “friends.”

Fellowship Plans

Jerry’s project aimed to reduce older individuals’ susceptibility to crimes of financial fraud, exploitation, and abuse through trainings and outreach, and to remedy the harmful effects of these crimes when they occur. He worked towards his goal by advocating for victims’ rights and providing full-scope representation when needed. Jerry’s outreach activities focused on rural underserved communities throughout the two-county service area and included presentations and, when possible, the distribution of brochures and flyers at senior community centers.

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