Each year, many older adults come to an Emergency Department (ED) with injuries purportedly related to a fall or other accidents. However, we know that many of these injuries are the result of elder abuse and neglect. This ED visit presents a key opportunity for elder abuse to be detected, to have evidence collected, to report to the authorities, and to initiate appropriate interventions, yet emergency physicians receive little training in elder abuse and have few tools to assist them in detecting abuse. 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