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Rural Multidisciplinary Teams: Challenges, Opportunities, and Innovations

November 9, 2018

Presenters Jason Burnett, Co-Director of the Texas Elder Abuse & Mistreatment Institute (TEAM), Co-Director of the TEAM-Forensic Assessment Center Network, Tammy Sever (Nevada), and Michele Knittle (Nevada) discuss the unique, but not insurmountable, challenges facing rural MDTs.

This webinar will dive into the issues faced by real-world rural MDTs while highlighting the good work, resources, and innovations that can serve as examples of what is possible.

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Barriers and Facilitators to Health, Wellness and Treatment in Tribal Communities Dealing With Elder Abuse

November 8, 2018

In this webinar, Susan Lynch, Senior Counsel for Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice, discusses the intersection of elder abuse and public health in tribal communities with a special focus on the barriers and facilitators to health, wellness, and treatment.

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Runtime:  1:00:00

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Veterans Administration Resources for Older Veterans

November 1, 2018

In this webinar, host Maria Shumar and presenter Gina Bohr, Program Analyst, Pension and Fiduciary Service, U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, discuss the various Veterans Benefits Administration programs, and the protections and preventive measures an older adult can put in place. The webinar will also address how to respond after there is an incident of abuse.

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Runtime:  1:00:00

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Increasing Access to Capacity Assessments via New Technologies

October 26, 2018

In this webinar, learn how your community might increase access to capacity assessments that can assist in cases where the determination of elder abuse may depend upon the older adult’s capacity.

Host:
Shelly Jackson, OVC Visiting Fellow, Elder Justice Initiative

Presenters:
John M. Halphen, MD, JD Associate Professor, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine TEAM Institute  University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston,
Bonnie J. Olsen, Ph.D., Professor of Clinical Family Medicine and Vice Chair of Academic Affairs Department of Family Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California, and
David Franklin, PsyD, MHA, Neuropsychologist, Director of the Elder Abuse Forensic Center, Director of the UCR Comprehensive Sports Concussion Program, Associate Clinical Professor, UC Riverside School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Neuroscience

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Runtime:  1:00:00

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Tribal/State Elder Justice Collaborations That Work

October 24, 2018

This webinar will focus on how tribal programs work collaboratively with states or counties to provide effective elder abuse and neglect services. We’ll hear from tribal officials and elder justice experts about best practices, successes, and potential pitfalls.

Presenters:
Cynthia LaCounte, Director, Administration for Community Living/Administration on Aging
Jacque Gray, Director, National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
Marcia Hall, Adult Protection Services Manager, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Tribal Court
Helen Gray, Elder Abuse Prevention Coordinator, Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Office for the Aging

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Runtime:  58:08

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Resources for State and Local Elder Abuse Prosecutors

October 23, 2018

State prosecutors are invaluable to the cause of elder justice, particularly in states with large rural areas, but where can they turn for the support they need to effectively do their jobs?  This webinar will explore ways to break down the silos by highlighting elder justice resources and training currently available to support their work.

Presenters:
Erin Martinelli, Director of Training Project Development
Amanda Martin, Assistant CEO
Laura Bell, Director of Publications and Communications, California District Attorneys Association
Ryan Painter, Director, Elder Justice & At-Risk Adults Project, Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan
Jamie Renner, Assistant Attorney General, Office of the Vermont Attorney General
Page Ulrey, Senior Prosecuting Attorney, Elder Abuse Project, King County Prosecutor’s Office

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Runtime:  1:00:00

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Tools for Addressing Elder Financial Exploitation in Rural Areas

October 9, 2018

Elder abuse is a growing issue faced by older adults, and the effects of abuse can negatively impact the physical health, mental well-being, and financial stability of victims. The challenges of elder abuse prevention, detection, and litigation are heightened for older adults who are less connected to resources. Older adults who are isolated, either situationally or geographically, often have challenges accessing the help they need to prevent against and seek help following elder abuse.

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Runtime:  59:02
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An Introduction to ACES and Elder Abuse

September 21, 2018

Gabriella Grant, Director of the California Center of Excellence for Trauma-Informed Care, discusses the connection between early adverse experiences, often called “ACES,” and the older adult population. Ms. Grant will discuss how past victimization can relate to future victimization later in life, provide an overview of the definition of trauma, review keys to recovery and stability, and discuss implications for law enforcement, prosecutors, and victim services.

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Runtime:  1:02:34

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Financial Crimes Against Seniors Part 3 - Response, Prosecution, and Prevention

September 19, 2018

A collaborative project of NW3C and the Elder Justice Initiative, this webinar is the third in a series of three webinars based on the NW3C Financial Crimes Against Seniors class, and will include:

  • Responding to a Senior Call
  • Prosecuting Elder Exploitation
  • Promoting Awareness and Prevention

Presented by: Leann D. Pritt, CFE, NW3C

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Digging Deeper: When Consent is Not Consent

September 6, 2018

Jane Wash, Director of At-Risk Protection, Denver District Attorney’s Office, will discuss the concept of consent, which underlies a range of actions in criminal and civil law, including gifting money. In the context of financial exploitation, prosecutors and law enforcement will regularly be faced with many situations where a victim is aware that money or assets are being transferred to a suspect, and is apparently consenting to this happening. It is easy for incorrect assumptions to be made about consent, for example, labeling a financial gift as a poor decision rather than the result of fraud or some other action. Learn more about the dynamics of these cases, how capacity factors in, and thoughts on tactics and strategies to consider when building and trying these cases.

Director of At-Risk Protection, Denver District Attorney’s Office, will discuss the concept of consent, which underlies a range of actions in criminal and civil law, including gifting money. In the context of financial exploitation, prosecutors and law enforcement will regularly be faced with many situations where a victim is aware that money or assets are being transferred to a suspect, and is apparently consenting to this happening. It is easy for incorrect assumptions to be made about consent, for example, labeling a financial gift as a poor decision rather than the result of fraud or some other action. Learn more about the dynamics of these cases, how capacity factors in, and thoughts on tactics and strategies to consider when building and trying these cases.

Presenter:

Senior DDA Jane Walsh
Director of At-Risk Protection
Denver District Attorney’s Office
Second Judicial District

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Runtime:  1:00:39

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Building an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota

August 23, 2018

In response to the increase in cases, Elder Justice Units are being developed in state and local prosecution offices. Presenters Michael Sharp, Assistant Attorney General in South Dakota, and Dave Lunzman, Special Assistant Attorney General in South Dakota, will describe the journey to create an Elder Justice Unit in South Dakota, finding support in the adage “If you build it, they will come.” AAG Sharp will also discuss two recent (closed) cases and how their Elder Justice Unit aided in those prosecutions.  

EJI Host: Nina Shaw

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Runtime:  1:00:59
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The Role of Judges in an Elder Abuse Case

August 10, 2018

With the criminalization of elder abuse over the past two decades, judges recognize they sit atop the pipeline of elder justice and are certainly paying increased attention to the issue. Elder abuse enters a courtroom both directly in civil and criminal cases, as well as indirectly (e.g., in the context of a guardianship proceeding). In this webinar, Judge Karen Aileen Howze will discuss the dynamics of elder abuse, relevant issues such as cognitive capacity, expert witnesses which may be required, reasonable courtroom accommodations, the advantages of elder abuse multidisciplinary teams, and the importance of judicial leadership on the issue of elder abuse.

Presenters:
Judge Karen Aileen Howze
Judge-in-Residence
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges

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Runtime:  1:04:39
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MDT Cross Training for Prosecutors

August 9, 2018

Nicole Sato, Deputy District Attorney, will provide an overview of the role of a prosecutor at the MDT table. Learn how to strengthen collaboration with your team’s prosecutor by delving into their role, contributions, and professional perspective. Join in a discussion about the ethical responsibilities of a prosecutor and the importance of multidisciplinary collaboration in the fight against elder abuse. The discussion will include the prosecutor’s perspective on what makes a good case; what are their parameters on an MDT; what they get out of MDT collaborations and how best to collaborate; and what they contribute. Plus, we will clear up some common assumptions and misconceptions regarding the parameters of their work.

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Banks & Triads Working Together To Combat Scams Against Older Americans

July 31, 2018

Presenters Elaine Dodd, EVP Fraud Division, Oklahoma Bankers Association, and Corporal Kim Lopez, Triad Coordinator, Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office, demonstrate how banks and law enforcement can work together to combat elder financial exploitation and abuse.

The Oklahoma Bankers Association and the Oklahoma Sheriff's Department Triad program formed a partnership in this effort, and the hosts will share the successes, tips, and best practices learned from this collaboration.

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Financial Crimes Against Seniors Part 2- Investigations and Resources

July 31, 2018

A collaborative project of NW3C and the Elder Justice Initiative, this webinar is the second in a series of three webinars based on the NW3C Financial Crimes Against Seniors class, and will include:

  • Investigating the Crimes
  • Resources for Investigators
  • Creating an Investigative Plan

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Alzheimer's, Dementia, and Elder Abuse

July 19, 2018

Nina Shaw, Trial Attorney, Civil Division Frauds Section, hosts a discussion with Lt. Hank Levenson (Ret.) and Sgt. Tim Sutton, trainers with the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The rate of elder abuse is even higher for individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias than it is for the elder population overall. Professionals responding to an incident or a case involving elder abuse may encounter older adults with dementia. Learn how dementia impacts an elder abuse investigation and discover some of the best ways to respond effectively.

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Runtime 1:01:22
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The Forgotten Victims: Elder Homicides Part 2, A Prosecutor's Perspective

July 13, 2018

The investigation and prosecution of elder and dependent neglect homicides present unique challenges. This webinar will highlight some of those challenges and common dynamics in elder neglect cases through a comparison of two elder neglect cases that went to trial and were presented to juries. This webinar can aid law enforcement in their investigation of these complex cases and prosecutors in their review, filing and litigating in criminal court.

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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day Commemoration: Leveraging National Resources To Build Strong Support for Older Adults

June 13, 2018

An array of experts will discuss how their organizations are helping to build strong support for older adults.

A presenter from the Social Security Administration will share the latest on representative payees; an EJI representative will talk about the Elder Abuse Prevention and Prosecution Act and new resources being developed to better respond to elder abuse; an expert from the Administration for Community Living will describe their guardianship grant programs and the importance of data collection for policy and programmatic enhancement; and the Deputy Director of the National Center on Elder Abuse will present on some of the latest trends and resources that will help you to better respond to elder abuse.

Expert presenters include:
Lydia Chevere, Public Affairs Specialist, Social Security Administration
Aiesha Gurley, Aging Specialist, Office of Elder Justice and Adult Protective Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Susan C. Lynch, Senior Counsel for Elder Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
Julie Schoen, Deputy Director, National Center on Elder Abuse

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Runtime 1:30:23  
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The Benefits of Referring Elder Abuse Clients For Civil Legal Assistance

June 1, 2018

Bill Benson, National Policy Advisor at the National Adult Protective Services Association, Keith Morris, President of Elder Law of Michigan and Director of the Center for Elder Rights Advocacy, and Jennifer Goldberg, Directing Attorney at Justice in Aging and National Center for Law and Elder Rights, discuss the benefits of civil legal assistance for victims of elder abuse.

The merits of civil legal assistance are sometimes underappreciated, as a result of which elder abuse victims may not be referred for or receive civil legal services consistently. In this webinar, you will learn how and to whom to make referrals for civil legal assistance that do not conflict with your professional ethics (e.g., confidentiality) and the myriad ways in which civil legal assistance can aid older victims in recovering from their victimization.

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Successful Collaboration Between Adult Protective Services and Victim Services

May 31, 2018

Presenters Keeley Frank, Program Specialist at the National Center for Victims of Crime Victim Connect Senior Services Program, and Trudy Gregorie, Executive Director at the National Adult Protective Services Association, explore the benefits and positive impact achieved when Adult Protective Services (APS) collaborates effectively with crime victim services as partners in addressing elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation within communities.

The toolkit aims to help identify vested partners or potential EPT members to help respond to elder abuse in Indian Country. The speakers will cover each section of the EPT Toolkit, how to develop a tribal EPT and Tribal Elder Protection Codes, selecting team members, and additional tips on culturally sensitive and appropriate practices commonly accepted in tribal communities.

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Runtime 59:59  
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Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit: Developing Your Team

April 25, 2018

Presented by Jacqueline S. Gray and Sloan M. Henry of the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative review the new Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit, a resource designed to assist tribal communities in developing tribal elder protection teams (EPT).

The toolkit aims to help identify vested partners or potential EPT members to help respond to elder abuse in Indian Country. The speakers will cover each section of the EPT Toolkit, how to develop a tribal EPT and Tribal Elder Protection Codes, selecting team members, and additional tips on culturally sensitive and appropriate practices commonly accepted in tribal communities.

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Runtime 56:21  
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MDT Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction

March 9, 2018

The Elder Justice Initiative (EJI) hosted a webinar on Multidisciplinary Team (MDT) Member Recruitment and Retention: Building Trust and Traction.

Presented by Maro Casparian, Director of Consumer Protection at the Denver District Attorney’s Office; Linda Loflin Pettit, Manager of Community and Government Relations for the Prosecution and Code Enforcement Section for the City and County of Denver; and Sgt. T.J. Blair of the Denver Police Department, this webinar highlights real-world solutions from Denver's Forensic Collaborative for At-Risk Adults, an elder abuse case review MDT.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding the best practices for recruitment and ongoing engagement of team members.
  • Exploring real-world examples of relationship- and trust-building strategies.
  • Discovering new MDT Guide and Toolkit documents, including a recruitment letter and statement of need.

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Runtime 1:01:12  
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Tuesday Talks: An Introduction to Elder Abuse

February 13, 2018

Did you know that approximately 1 in 10 seniors is abused each year, or that abuse is dramatically underreported, with only about 1 in every 23 cases being reported to Adult Protective Services? Senior Corps grantees can – and often already do – play an important role in helping change these statistics by helping prevent elder abuse and protect the vulnerable older Americans they serve. In this webinar, Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant at the Elder Justice Initiative of the U.S. Department of Justice joined us to offer an overview of elder abuse, including the different types of elder abuse, how to spot warning signs and what you can do to prevent or stop elder abuse in your community. Shannon Gadd also joined us from ElderServe, in Louisville, Kentucky. ElderServe has integrated protection and victim support into its Senior Companion Program. Shannon spoke to us about why they made that choice, how it works practically and the feedback they have received from the community. This is the first in a series of three webinars conducted in partnership with the U.S. Department of Justice. **Shannon also shared some of ElderServe's resources with Senior Corps, which we've included in the Additional References section. Take a look!**

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What Hotline Workers Need to Know About Elder Abuse

January 12, 2018

Julie Childs, J.D., Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative, hosts a discussion with Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant to the U.S. Department of Justice Elder Justice Initiative, and Keeley Frank, Senior Service Specialist from the National Center for Victims of Crime, on assessing and responding appropriately to calls from older adults who may have experienced elder abuse. We’ll discuss case examples to provide hotline workers tips on how to assist these callers and direct them to relevant resources and services.

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Runtime 55:12  
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Forensic Interviewing With Older Adults

December 8, 2017

Interviewing older adults presents some unique challenges even to those who are experienced in interviewing adults as witnesses or victims. Furthermore, as elder abuse moves into the criminal justice system, the need for forensic interviews of older adults will become increasingly important. Learn tips and techniques for interviewing older adults and what forensic interviewing (so prevalent in the child abuse field) can offer those interviewing older adults.

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Veteran’s Benefits Administration, VA Fiduciary Service    

November 30, 2017

Learn about the fiduciary service at the VBA and how they protect older adult VA beneficiaries by appointing and conducting oversight of fiduciaries who manage VA benefits. Case examples of misuse are provided.

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Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and their Role in Investigations of Elder Financial Exploitation

November 2, 2017

Elder financial exploitation is a growing problem, and federal agencies are teaming up to enhance the response by law enforcement agencies and financial institutions. The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau and the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network hosted a webinar at the U.S. Department of the Treasury, to discuss a Joint Memorandum, issued on August 30, 2017, encouraging coordination among law enforcement agencies, financial institutions, and adult protective service agencies. The memo aims to raise awareness of the existence of Suspicious Activity Reports and the role they may play in aiding law enforcement when investigating elder financial exploitation cases.

Speakers in the webinar represent this collaborative effort. They include Rich Goldberg from the U.S. Department of Justice; Naomi Karp and Jenefer Duane from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau at the Office for Older Americans; John M. Williams from the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network; and Peter Gallagher, Deputy Attorney General, from the State of New Jersey.

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Runtime: 1:00:42
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Collecting Evidence In Physical Abuse & Neglect Cases

October 23, 2017

Collecting evidence is second nature for law enforcement officers; yet, collecting evidence in cases involving older adults who experience physical abuse or caregiver neglect can be extremely challenging. Cherie Hill, Detective, and Brian Foxx, Deputy City Attorney, from the City of Anaheim, California, team up to share their experience with collecting and using evidence in these cases. Learn about what types of evidence to look for, where to find the evidence, and how prosecutors use that evidence to convict offenders.

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Runtime: 1:00:06
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Justice and Compassion: Empowering Faith Communities in the Prevention and Intervention of Elder Abuse

October 3, 2017

Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant, Elder Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Rev. Dr. Anne Marie Hunter, Director of Safe Havens, Tovah Kasdin, J.D., Director of the ElderSAFE™ Center at Charles E. Smith Life Communities, and Rabbi Jim Michaels, Director of Pastoral Care at Charles E. Smith Life Communities.

Older adults are overwhelmingly faith-affiliated. When faced with abuse, their first resource may be someone they know and trust in their faith community. Our panel of speakers describe challenges and lessons learned when engaging faith leaders to play a critical role in supporting older victims and preventing elder abuse. The discussion highlights the collaboration between Safe Havens and the ElderSAFE™ Center and how such collaborations can nurture greater community engagement and partnerships between faith communities and community services. In this webinar, learn strategies for building capacity in your faith communities to address elder abuse.

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The Forgotten Victims: Elder Homicides

September 25, 2017

Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant, Elder Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Micheline Lubin, M.D., Medical Examiner King County Medical Examiner's Office, Seattle, WA, and Mark E. Safarik, M.S., V.S.M., Retired Supervisory Special Agent, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Quantico, VA, President, Forensic Behavioral Services, Inc.

Elder homicides often go undetected and investigating them requires a multi-pronged approach. In this webinar, learn about the victims, the offenders, and the crime scenes. How does the medical examiner's information contribute to solving these high-profile, difficult cases? Discover where the research has led us.

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Hiding in Plain Sight in Georgia: Benefits Trafficking of Vulnerable Adults

September 22, 2017

Maria Shumar, Victim Specialist Consultant, Elder Justice Initiative, US Department of Justice, Washington, DC, hosts a discussion with Heather Strickland, Assistant Special Agent in Charge, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, At-Risk Adult Abuse, Atlanta, GA, and Pat King, R.N., Team Leader, Forensic Special Initiatives Unit, Division of Aging Services, Georgia Department of Human Services, Atlanta, GA.

There is an emerging crime-targeting older and disabled adults to gain access to their monthly benefits and perpetrate various types of abuse, theft, and fraud. These crimes target billions of dollars in state and federal funds. Learn about what Georgia is done to catch these criminals who traffic older and vulnerable adults.

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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 elder abuse 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 works 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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