Equal Justice Works Announces Launch of the Second Year of Elder Justice AmeriCorps Program

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Washington, D.C. June 1, 2017 – Equal Justice Works today announced the continuation of the Elder Justice AmeriCorps program. This program is the first of its kind to provide high-quality legal services to low-income older adults who have been victims of abuse, neglect, or exploitation.

There is an ongoing need for legal representation of older adults in the United States. A 2015 study by the National Center on Elder Abuse highlighted that over 10% of seniors in the United States, which is approximately five million people a year, experience elder abuse such as neglect and financial exploitation. Of these five million Americans, only 1 in 24 reports the abuse to authorities.

An important component of the Elder Justice AmeriCorps Program work is developing multi-disciplinary teams of social workers, medical professionals, and law enforcement officials trained to recognize when abuse is occurring and to refer victims and their families to legal aid offices and other social services to address the abuse. In the first year of the program, our 25 Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellows have screened 1,633 clients for elder abuse, opened 854 cases, resolved legal issues for 327 clients, and have trained over 180 legal professionals on elder abuse issues and therefore significantly increasing the knowledge and skills in this field. All Fellows have formed or developed strong multi-disciplinary teams with social workers, medical professionals, law enforcement, and adult protective services staff to enhance the provision of comprehensive services to elderly victims of abuse.

In its second year, the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps program is seeking results-oriented host organizations. Selected organizations will act as hosts to Fellows and law students providing direct legal services to victims of elder abuse. Each Fellow will focus on the formation of multi-disciplinary teams focused on elder abuse issues, the recruitment and training of legal professionals on elder abuse, and the provision of direct legal services.

The Elder Justice AmeriCorps program is funded by the Justice Department’s Elder Justice Initiative, Office for Victims of Crime and CNCS, the federal agency which administers AmeriCorps and other national service programs. This new effort is also supported by the Justice Department’s Office for Access to Justice.

Interested in applying to be an Elder Justice AmeriCorps Fellow? Learn more about the program here.

Returning host organizations, apply here!

Interested in becoming a host organization? Click here.

Interested in or have questions about applying to the Equal Justice Works Elder Justice AmeriCorps program? Contact Taí Merey Alex at [email protected]

Learn more about becoming an Equal Justice Works Fellow