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Elder Justice Program

Elder abuse has been referred to as a “hidden epidemic” in the United States, with estimates that 1 out of every 10 people age 60 and older are victims of caregiver neglect, financial fraud and exploitation, and/or psychological, physical, and sexual abuse every year.

The Elder Justice Program mobilized 22 Fellows across the country to address the gap in civil legal services for victims of elder abuse and exploitation, with a special emphasis in serving rural communities.

Fellowship Overview & Benefits

  • Two-year Fellowship term
  • Salary and benefits, as determined by the Fellow's host organization
  • Substantive and skills-based webinars throughout the Fellowship
  • Equal Justice Works Leadership Development Training in Washington, D.C.
  • Opportunity to attend one national conference that directly supports their elder justice practice
  • Individualized one-on-one technical assistance and case consultation
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The Elder Justice Program is supported by an award from the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Award Number 2019-V3-GX-K033. This federal funding is supplemented by funds from private donors.

Quick Facts

  • 1 in 5 older Americans are estimated to have been affected by elder abuse
  • 2087 elder clients received direct legal assistance through this program
  • Elder abuse is a prevalent and multifaceted issue that demands a holistic, collaborative approach. Taylor Amstutz & Archie Roundtree, Jr.
    2020 EJP Fellows
  • ~30% of the older clients served by EJP Fellows have experienced financial exploitation, depriving them of vital financial resources for their needs

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