Call to Action – Elder Justice Act
Elder Financial Protection Network
On March 26, 2009, Elder Financial Protection Network (EFPN) hosted Call to Action. The day-long conference, luncheon and awards ceremony brought together professionals to express a deep, collective determination to end the growing crime of elder financial abuse. Over 200 participants signed the Call to Action 2009 Proclamation.
EFPN is issued another Call to Action. Working to rally supporters, old and new, we sent a message to Washington, DC, that the Elder Justice Act had to be enacted. EFPN named the project Call to Action: Elder Justice Act (EJA). Call to Action: EJA was a national campaign that used various online campaign tools to collect signatures from supporters all over the country to add to this Proclamation.
The Elder Justice Act:
- Provides federal resources to support State and community efforts on the front lines dedicated to fighting elder abuse with scarce resources and fragmented systems.
- Assures adequate public-private infrastructure and resources to prevent, detect, treat, understand, intervene in and, where appropriate, prosecute elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
Right after celebrating our treasured elders on Mother’s Day, Call to Action: EJA was officially launched on May 12 in Washington, DC in tandem with the Older Women’s League (OWL) Policy Briefing. In addition to the EFPN Homepage and Blog, EFPN created a page on Facebook to spread the word about the campaign and direct supporters to our Online Petition page.
The campaign raised much-needed awareness about the issue of elder financial abuse, and furthered EFPN’s mission of keeping our treasured elders safe from harm and exploitation. The signatures that EFPN collected sent a clear signal to Washington, DC, that we could not wait any longer for the Elder Justice Act.
We thank all the supporters who helped get the Elder Justice Act passed.