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Elder Advocates Visit U.S. Congress in National Advocacy Day

September 15, 2009 Leave a comment

On September 15, roughly 150 advocates for elder rights from around the United States will be visiting their representatives in the U.S. Congress in an Advocacy Day organized by WITNESS partner NCOA, the National Council on Aging. Among the issues they’ll be advocating for is the passing of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), federal legislation that would provide a foundation to prevent, detect, treat, intervene in and prosecute elder abuse.

Each year, an estimated 5 million elders in the U.S. are subject to physical, financial, and mental abuse resulting in illness, suffering, and premature death.   WITNESS and NCOA are working on a new video that will Break the Silence on this crisis and urge Congress to prioritize and pass the EJA.  Several elders and advocates have already sent their video messages to Congress.  You can take action too!

3 Things You Can Do Now

  1. Sign this petition calling on Congress to Pass the EJA
  2. Call your senators and representatives and ask them to support the EJA
  3. Help Break the Silence and Share Your Story of elder abuse via text or video

About Us

Two leading advocacy organizations – the National Council on Aging and WITNESS – are working with the Elder Justice Coalition and hundreds of advocates across the country to ensure passage of the Elder Justice Act.

Both organizations share core values related to dignity and social justice. NCOA and WITNESS are collecting hundreds of video stories about elder abuse. They will share them with members of Congress, the media and online as a way of bringing more attention to this long neglected issue.

NCOA is an advocacy and service organization located in Washington, DC. Its mission is to improve the lives of older Americans. NCOA is a national voice for older adults – especially those who are vulnerable and disadvantaged — and the community organizations that serve them. It brings together non-profit organizations, businesses and government to develop creative solutions that improve the lives of all older adults. And, NCOA works with thousands of organizations across the country to help seniors live independently, find jobs and benefits, improve their health, live independently and remain active in their communities.

WITNESS is an international human rights organization that uses video and online technologies to open the eyes of the world to human rights violations. WITNESS empowers people to transform personal stories of abuse into powerful tools for justice, promoting public engagement and policy change. For the past 15 years, WITNESS has worked in collaboration with over 250 organizations in over 80 countries throughout the world, reaching thousands of activists and human rights defenders worldwide. Its U.S. offices are in New York City.

Elder Justice Advocates in 10 states are working with NCOA and WITNESS on passage of the Elder Justice Act.

The Elder Justice Coalition is a coalition of 755 groups that are united in seeking passage of the Elder Justice Act.

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