Jovanda C. Spain

  • Hosted by Greater Boston Legal Services
  • Sponsored by AmeriCorps
  • Service location Boston, Massachusetts
  • Law school Suffolk University Law School
  • Issue area Elderly
  • Fellowship class year 2017
  • Program Elder Justice AmeriCorps

The Project

The Elder Abuse Prevention Project provides high quality legal services to elders who have been victims of abuse, neglect, and exploitation in the Greater Boston area.

The Project was dedicated to ensuring that older adults in the greater Boston area live free from abuse, neglect, and exploitation. Many older adults living in Massachusetts are vulnerable due to isolation, physical and/or mental impairments, and dependence on others, especially family members. This vulnerability makes them easy targets for physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, as well as neglect, financial exploitation, and fraud. The project was designed to provide legal representation to elders to ensure that they have the income, health care and services that they need to live independently in the community. Jovanda’s work promoted affordable housing for seniors, access to quality health care, Social Security or SSI income.

Fellowship Highlights

The project has been successful in the preservation of housing for elders by defending against evictions from public and subsidized housing. It has ensured economic security for elders through the provision of Social Security/SSI benefits to uplift elders out of poverty. It has been effective in strengthening access to health care for elders in order that their right to quality affordable health care becomes a reality.

Next Steps

Jovanda hopes to begin a career in legal services and work to defend and preserve the rights of low-income people who face injustices. Her interest in wanting to be an advocate for the community is simple; she wants to make a difference in people’s lives and enable them to achieve what would otherwise not be possible.

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