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Elder Justice Resources: A Virtual Tour of Available Information and Resources on Elder Abuse, Neglect, and Financial Exploitation

September 13, 2017

Andy Mao, J.D., Deputy Director (Fraud Section)/Elder Justice Initiative Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Julie Schoen, J.D., Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse, USC Center on Elder Mistreatment, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA.

Over 10% of older Americans experience some form of elder abuse in a given year, suggesting that health care providers will be seeing at least some older patients who may be experiencing elder abuse. Andy Mao and Julie Schoen will demonstrate their respective websites that focus exclusively on elder abuse: the Elder Justice website, and the National Center on Elder Abuse website. Attendees will learn about resources and training opportunities that can deepen their understanding of how to identify and respond to elder abuse. The Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Programs (GWEPs) survey results on existing eldera buse training will also be discussed. The webinar will conclude with Q&A.

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How EMTs Can Help Identify and Report Elder Abuse

September 11, 2017

Susan Lynch, J.D., L.L.M., M.P.H., Dr.P.H., Senior Counsel, Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Nicole Nappi, EMS Lieutenant, Baltimore County Fire Department, Baltimore County, MD.

This webinar will focus on the critical role that EMTs have in helping to identify and report elder abuse and neglect. Specifically, the discussion will address:

  • Elder abuse laws in some jurisdictions
  • How EMTs can identify and document evidence of elder abuse
  • Advice on documenting potential elder abuse
  • The need to quickly report elder abuse in the community and in facilities
  • The critical role of EMTs on the Elder Justice Task Forces

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Runtime: 1:01:46

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Understanding Elder Mistreatment Through a Lens of Severity: Implications for Research and Practice

September 8, 2017

Sidney Stahl, PH.D., Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with David Burnes, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Toronto, Canada.

Dr. Burnes, a professor at the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work and Affiliate Scientist at Baycrest Health Sciences, introduced the concept of "severity" into the study of elder abuse. Severity of elder abuse may be an indicator of the urgency and types of help needed by victims of elder abuse. Yet, severity is an understudied aspect of the field, and Dr. Burnes has conducted several studies incorporating measures of severity. His research informs both targeted screening of victims, interventions that serve to help victims, and a forensic tool for possible use in the prosecution of elder abuse cases.

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Financial Exploitation in the Context of Guardianships and Other Legal Arrangements

September 6, 2017

Julie Childs, J.D., Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Brenda K. Uekert, Ph.D., Director, Center for Elders and the Courts, National Center for State Courts.

What is the role of legal arrangements, particularly guardianships, in protecting older persons? Do these arrangements simply make it easier to exploit older persons? Is exploitation a crime even if there's a legal agreement between parties? Learn about the most common types of legal arrangements and how they can be used to both protect and exploit older persons. This webinar will walk participants through several case studies to show common exploitative tactics; underscore the roles of capacity, consent, and undue influence; and offer recommendations on how to improve multidisciplinary responses to exploitation. Dr. Uekert responds to questions at the end of the webinar.

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Runtime: 56:53 

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Federal-State Working Group: Fraud Against Older Oregonians

August 22, 2017

Yolonda Campbell, J.D., Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Shane Winder, Special Agent, Social Security Administration, and Donna Maddux, J.D., Assistant U.S. Attorney, Fraud Unit, U.S. Attorney’s Office, Portland, OR.

Are you wondering how to better coordinate or even collaborate with federal law enforcement? Join Shane Winder and Donna Maddux as they describe a federal-state working group in Portland Oregon dubbed Social Services Fraud Working Group investigating financial crimes against older adults. Learn how the initially small working group got started and its growth over the past several years. Today, the working group boasts of multiple state and federal agencies, including local law enforcement, Adult Protective Services, and Aging Services, working in tandem on these important cases, all for the benefit of older Oregonians. Learn how to develop a similar collaborative in your own community.

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Runtime: 48:57  
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Assessing Cognitive Capacity In Elder Abuse Cases

August 21, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, MDT Technical Advisor, Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Bonnie Olsen, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Family Medicine, Vice Chair, Academic Affairs, Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, Alhambra, CA. 

This webinar is offered to all professionals who work on elder abuse MDT’s to better understand the issue of decisional capacity. Dr. Olsen will provide several contexts where decisional capacity is central to case formulation and resolution. She will present the components of a good assessment with examples of how to collect and integrate relevant information. Lastly, the importance of maintaining a client-centered orientation will be discussed so that MDT’s maintain an awareness of the need to balance the client’s self-determination with the need for protection. Through this webinar, participants will learn how to:

  • Recognize situations where decisional capacity is relevant to elder abuse case management and resolution
  • Identify the factors that should be considered in evaluating an older adults’ decisional capacity
  • Understand the importance of maintaining a client-centered orientation when assessing decisional capacity
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Runtime: 53:19  
 
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Improving Emergency Department Identification of Elder Abuse: Findings From Forensic Research 

August 16, 2017

Dr. Sidney M. Stahl, Research Consultant at the U.S. Department of Justice, hosts a discussion with Anthony Rosen, Instructor in Medicine at Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University, and Assistant Attending Physician at New York-Presbyterian Hospital, New York, NY. 

Dr. Rosen is a practicing Emergency Physician and a researcher in elder abuse and geriatric injury prevention. Dr. Rosen and his team are doing groundbreaking research on distinguishing physical signs and forensic markers of elder abuse from injuries and bruising related to falls in older persons. Dr. Rosen will be discussing this, in addition to a standardized protocol for photographing geriatric injuries and comprehensive classification system for visible injuries. His interdisciplinary work with nursing, social work, geriatrics, psychiatry, and radiology has significant implications for the prosecution of elder abuse and neglect cases.

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Runtime: 1:01:20  
 
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Law Enforcement Investigation of Financial Exploitation 

August 9, 2017

Yolanda Campbell, J.D., Trial Attorney, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Nicole Freutel, Detective, Elder Abuse Unit, Seattle, WA, and Karen Webber, M.S., C.P.A., Forensic Accountant, Webber CPA, PLLC, Rochester, NY. 

Financial exploitation cases are often described as the most difficult to investigate. Having done training both locally and nationally, Detective Nicole Freutel (City of Seattle, Elder Abuse Unit) describe what law enforcement officers need to know to investigate these complex financial exploitation cases. As some of these cases involve complex financial transactions, forensic accountants may be consulted. In this webinar you learn from renowned forensic accountant Karen Webber how to follow the money and look for aberrant patterns that may be indicative of a crime.

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Runtime: 59:36  
 
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How Victim of Crimes Act (VOCA) Funds Have Been Used Across the Country to Create or Enhance Elder Justice Programs 

August 7, 2017

Susan Lynch, Senior Counsel for DOJ Elder Justice Initiative, and Kate Peterson, USDOJ Attorney, hosts a discussion on how VOCA funds have been used in various states to respond to victims of elder abuse.

Since 1984, VOCA funding has supported numerous services to crime victims throughout the country.  In the last three years, Congress has increased the amount of funding from the Crime Victims Fund that is available to support crime victim programs.  As a result, new programs are being developed to expand services to crime victims, including victims of elder abuse.

Topics include:

  • An overview of how VOCA funding operates at the federal and state level
  • Clarifications in the VOCA Victim Assistance Rule that expands allowable uses of VOCA Victim Assistance funding by states
  • Examples of recently VOCA-funded elder abuse programs
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Runtime: 58:51  
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Forensic Markers of Physical Abuse and Documenting Physical Abuse for Prosecution

August 3, 2017

Sidney Stahl, Ph.D., Consultant, Elder Justice Research Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Laura Mosqueda, M.D., FAAFP, AGSF, Chair, Department of Family Medicine, Professor of Family Medicine and Geriatrics, Associate Dean of Primary Care, at the Keck School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA, and Page Ulrey, J.D., Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, Seattle, WA.

Dr. Mosqueda has completed some of the only forensic research in the context of elder abuse. She will share her findings with attendees and introduce a physician-friendly protocol for documenting physical abuse for prosecutors should the case go to trial. The webinar is being co-presented by Ms. Page Ulrey who will describe the value of the new protocol from a prosecutor’s perspective.

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Runtime: 1:00:35  
 
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Protecting Taxpayers: A Look at IRS Impersonation Scams

July, 2017

Terri Bellamy, Special Agent and National Victim's Coordinator, TIGTA, hosts this informative presentation about IRS impersonation scams and how the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) combats criminal activities and scams that may target older adults. Learn also how TIGTA can assist these victims in finding resources. 

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Runtime :41:04  

 
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From Good to Great: Developing Strong Elder Abuse Multidisciplinary Teams 

July 10, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor, hosts a discussion featuring Lori Delagrammatikas and Mary Twomey, MSW, to help you tackle communication challenges, understand and overcome common collaboration barriers, and provide tips and tools to help strengthen your team. The discussion also highlights resources available to you in our MDT Guide and Toolkit.

Topics include:

  • Common barriers to effective collaboration
  • Overcoming collaboration challenges
  • Facilitation tips for Coordinators
     

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Runtime: 1:01:25
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Responding to Elder Abuse: Resources for Information and Referral Programs

June 29, 2017

The National Association of States United for Aging and Disabilities (NASUAD) hosted this webinar featuring Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant, Elder Justice Initiative, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, Andy Mao, J.D., Deputy Director (Fraud Section)/Elder Justice Initiative Coordinator, U.S. Department of Justice, Washington, DC, and Patrice Earnest, Director, Eldercare Locator, n4a.

Presenters shared key statistics on elder abuse, provided an overview of the types and warning signs of abuse, and demonstrated the resources available through the EJI website. The webinar also highlighted the role of the national Eldercare Locator. This webinar was brought to you by NASUAD’s I&R Support Center, AIRS and n4a.

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Runtime 1:04:43
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The Role of Law Enforcement in Elder Abuse Cases 

June 26, 2017

Yolonda Campbell, USDOJ Attorney, hosts a discussion with Dr. Brian Payne, Ph.D., Provost at Old Dominion University, and Mike Day, Detective, Vancouver Police Department Elder Justice Center.

Dr. Payne has been studying elder abuse in the context of the legal system for over 20 years and will talk about his research and share some facts that may surprise you. Detective Day has extensive practical experience in responding to cases of elder abuse. Detective Day will discuss how to assist other law enforcement officers in better understanding their role, what to look for when on a call, and community resources for suspected elder abuse.


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Runtime 1:00:46
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Neural Correlates of Financial Decisionmaking in Old Age

June 19, 2017

Dr. Sidney M. Stahl, Research Consultant at the U.S. Department of Justice, hosts a discussion with Dr. S. Duke Han, Director of Neuropsychology at the University of Southern California.

Dr. Han is studying the neural correlates of financial decisionmaking among older adults using brain imaging techniques. Dr. Han describes his latest research and helps you to understand how changes in brain structure affect financial decisionmaking. Dr. Han also discusses how this research has implications for the legal system. The webinar concludes with Q&A.

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Runtime :50:21
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A Walk Through the MDT Guide and Toolkit

May 30, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor, hosts a live walk through of the newly launched Multidisciplinary Team Guide and Toolkit. This toolkit is designed for anyone looking to create or grow an elder abuse MDT in their area, regardless of their experience with MDTs. The web-based toolkit is enhanced for use on mobile devises and contains easy to download PDF sample documents and citations.

The webinar covers topics including:

  • Layout and usability
  • Highlights from each chapter
  • Questions and feedback

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Runtime 1:01:00
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Fill in the Blanks: A Webinar for Elder Abuse Case Review MDTs at Any Stage of Development

April 24, 2017

Talitha Guinn-Shaver, EJI MDT Technical Advisor, hosts conversation with elder abuse MDT coordinators who have made it happen; Allison Granata, LMSW, Lifespan of Greater Rochester, Inc., Kelly Burnett, Deputy Attorney, City of Richmond, VA.  They discuss real problems like, diverse MDT models, common barriers, give tips for advancing your project, and answer YOUR questions.


Fill in the blanks – identify the challenges facing your MDT and move forward to find success.

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Runtime 1:00:08
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Helping Law Enforcement Respond to Elder Abuse Quickly

March 8, 2017

Yolanda Campbell, Trial Attorney at DOJ Elder Justice Initiative, and Randy Thomas, law enforcement consultant and trainer, will highlight training materials and resources for state and local law enforcement officers, including:

  • Elder Abuse Sample Protocols and State Statutes
  • Training on Investigating Elder Abuse
  • Reporting Obligations

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Runtime :55:09
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Introducing the Elder Justice Initiative Victim Specialist Resource Page

February 27th, 2017

Maria Shumar, DOJ Elder Justice Initiative Victim Specialist Consultant, and Keeley Frank, National Center for Victims of Crime, highlight how victim service providers can benefit from using the victim specialist webpage to assist older victims, including:

  • Crime victim resources, hotlines, and links to training on elder abuse
  • Victims' Rights Guidelines and reporting obligations
  • 'Ready to use' PowerPoint presentations with speaking guides for community outreach training
  • Webinars on what federal agencies are doing to help older victims

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Runtime :50:52
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Elder Justice Prosecution Resources   

January 30, 2017   
 

Andy Mao, DOJ Elder Justice Initiative Coordinator, Page Ulrey, King County Prosecutor’s Office, and Paul R. Greenwood, San Diego District Attorney’s Office, highlight training materials and resources that help state and local prosecutors more easily prosecute elder abuse cases, including:

  • Training videos where experts offer practical strategies
  • A federal and state samples directory
  • An elder abuse law directory

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Runtime 1:00:54 
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Introduction to the Elder Justice Website      

January 26, 2017

Susan Lynch, Senior Counsel for DOJ Elder Justice Initiative, and Dr. Sid Stahl, DOJ Elder Justice Initiative, detail the tools and resources on ElderJustice.gov that support busy elder abuse professionals, including:

  • Information about elder abuse and where victims and their families can find help in English and Spanish
  • Training videos, webinars plus a dedicated elder abuse research database
  • The Elder Abuse Resource Roadmap to assist in reporting financial exploitation
  • A Press Room with announcements of DOJ elder justice cases in the news

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Runtime :56:44 
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Financial Crimes: Prevention and Protection

June, 2016

Unit Chief Sharon Peyus, ICE HSI Victim Assistance Program and Management Oversight Unit, hosts a discussion featuring Senior Training Program Manager Scott Santoro, DHS Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers, National Program Manager and Special Agent Carl Andren, ICE HSI Illicit Finance and Proceeds of Crime Unit, National Program Manager Donna Hatfield, ICE HSI Victim Assistance Program.

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) conducts investigations into financial crimes, especially those that target seniors. This webinar describes the role of Victim Assistance Specialists at the DHS Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and explains how they assist seniors and provide tips on how victim specialists can help seniors to avoid financial scams, including identity theft and telemarketing scams.

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Runtime :33:08 

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Senior Victims of Financial Fraud

April, 2016


Jane Lee, Director of the Financial Crime Resource Center, National Center for Victims of Crime, hosts a discussion featuring Sharon Miller, US Potal Inspection Service General Analyst, Harrisonburg, PA Fraud Team, and Kathy Martin-Jax, US Potal Inspection Service National Victim's Specialist.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service investigates scams that occur through the U.S. mail. This webinar focuses on two specific scams that target seniors: Romance Scams and Lottery Scams. This webinar discusses real case examples and how Postal Inspectors, Analysts, and Victim Specialists work together to help seniors.

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Runtime :37:04 

 
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Working with Elderly Victims 

January 13, 2016

Kate Manning, Attorney Advisor, Victim Witness Staff, Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys, hosts a discussion featuring Maria Shumar, Victim Specialists Consultant, DOJ Elder Justice Initiative, Jelahn Stewart, Chief Victim Witness Assistance Unit, U.S. Attorney's Office, DC, Chris Griffiths, Supervisory Victim Witness Specialists, U.S. Attorney's Office, MDFL,and  Felice Weiler, Victim Witness Specialists, U.S. Attorney's Office, NDIL.

United States Attorneys’ Offices work on a wide array of matters that impact seniors.  This webinar focuses on special considerations for Assistant United States Attorneys and victim assistance personnel in working with elderly victims. Issues discussed include physical and cognitive issues that may impact the interview and trial testimony of elderly victims, the role of family members in speaking on behalf of the victim, identifying and responding to potential elder abuse, and the importance of teamwork in providing a cohesive and effective response to elderly victims. Physical, sexual, and financial abuse cases are also discussed.

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Runtime :33:18  

 

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