“We wanted to emphasize that elder abuse happens every day, everywhere in the City, and that it ‘hits close to home,’ as the ads say,” explains Resnick. “We wanted people to understand that you don’t have to be in a nursing home, or be poor or have dementia to be an elder abuse victim. Because elder abuse is so often perpetrated by family members, anyone is vulnerable. And we wanted to get the message across that it could be happening to a neighbor, a friend, to their own older relative.” More →
Attorney-in-Charge, Legal Services
JASA/Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens (LEAP)
Donna Dougherty is the Attorney-in-Charge of JASA’s Legal Services for the Elderly in Queens. She has been an attorney with the program since 1986 and its director since 1994. Legal Services for the Elderly provides direct legal services to Queens residents 60 and older in such areas as evictions, foreclosures involving predatory lending and deed fraud, public benefits, healthcare and family violence.
Along with JASA CEO, Aileen Gitelson, Donna developed Project LEAP, a joint legal and social work program which uses interdisciplinary teams to combat elder abuse. Ms. Dougherty is also an adjunct professor with New York Law School. Prior to entering law school, Ms. Dougherty was a community organizer.
JASA/Legal Services for the Elderly
97-77 Queens Boulevard Suite 600
Rego Park, NY 11374
Phone: 718-286-1500, ext 1515