There is a burgeoning elder justice movement among Native American, or indigenous American, tribes all across the United States. This blog describes the current landscape of the indigenous elder justice movement, notes the specific challenges to this community, highlights the work currently being done, and serves as resource for collaboration. I had the wonderful opportunity of interviewing Dr. Jacqueline Gray, Project Director for the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) to learn about the unique work NIEJI is doing in this area. More →
Through its partners and programs, NYCEAC seeks to prevent abuse, and assists people 60 and over who are abused or at risk of abuse – as well as their family members, friends, neighbors, caregivers, and witnesses – by helping to improve how professionals, organizations and systems respond to their needs. NYCEAC, through its extensive collaborative network:
- Provides immediate case reviews, planning and coordination; case consultations; assessments and interventions; and referrals to assist the abused elderly throughout NYC.
- Responds to community needs and publicly promotes an ageist-free approach to programs.
- Collaborates with government and non-profit organizations to assist with the development of effective policies impacting on elder abuse victims and their families.
- Serves as a resource for national and international organizations by offering case consultations, educational opportunities, advocacy, research and speakers.
- Employs technology through various methods including a website, virtual conferences, automated tracking and research tools, accommodations for hearing and vision impaired and access to interpreters for multiple languages.
- Receives guidance and expertise from its Steering Committee, comprised of representatives from key government and non-profit organizations.
The NYC Elder Abuse Center, a leader in redefining the approach to and understanding about elder abuse, will be recognized as an organization in which professionals from various government and non-profit organizations will work in partnership to guarantee that elders live with dignity and well being, free from abuse and neglect.