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National Center for Victims of Crime Convened the First Global Summit in Recognition of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

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June 15, 2015
Contact: Tara Ballesteros  tballesteros@ncvc.org – 202-467-8743

Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders announces grant award to the National Center for Victims of Crime to develop model civil statutes to combat elder financial exploitation.

Washington, DC The First Global Summit held today in recognition of the 10th anniversary of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) was a robust gathering of leaders in the field and an impressive show of collaboration to address and prevent elder financial exploitation.

The purpose of the event, convened by the National Adult Protective Services Association (NASPA), the National Center for Victims of Crime, and the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse, was to raise awareness, share progress, highlight current initiatives and ultimately advance an agenda for future action to combat elder financial exploitation. 

Among those sharing stories and insight were Elizabeth Podnieks, the founder of WEAAD proclaiming "elder abuse and outrage against humanity,"; Kathy Greenlee, the Administrator for the Administration for Community Living; Nora Super Executive Director of the 2015 White House Conference of Aging; Dr. Jason  Karlawish, a national expert on the aging brain from the University of Pennsylvania. Ian Devine and Phillip Marshall, family of financial exploitation victims Brooke Astor and Huguette Clark, shared their personal stories of elder abuse.

"Elder financial exploitation is a devastating crime that impacts our global health and wellness. We are pleased by the extensive participation in today's event and delighted to receive the generous support from the Huguette Clark Family Fund for Protection of Elders to create a template of civil statutory provisions for elder financial exploitation. It is a short- term, innovative project that will have a lasting impact by giving attorneys an effective tool for pursuing civil cases providing victims with the greatest chance to recover stolen assets," commented Mai Fernandez, Executive Director of the National Center for Victims of Crime. 

Betty Malks, the Chair of the NASPA Financial Exploitation Advisory Board kicked off the interactive afternoon sessions with and announcement about the formation of the National Elder Financial Exploitation Institute. The event began with Kathleen Quinn, Executive Director of NASPA urging participants to work together to develop concrete actions to move the issue forward. The summit concluded with a working session to develop an action plan and included a commitment from over 150 partner organizations to advance the issue of elder financial exploitation. 

WEAAD began as a grassroots movement 10 years ago and has grown into a global initiative receiving public proclamations of support from President Obama and the United Nations today.

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The National Center for Victims of Crime, established in 1985, is the nation’s leading resource and advocacy organization for crime victims and those who serve them. For more than 25 years, the National Center has led this nation’s struggle to provide crime victims with the rights, protections, and services they need to rebuild their lives.