Elder Law

Feds announce $2M in grants for elder crime victims

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The federal government announced $2 million in grants for elder crime victims on Tuesday, as part of a broader $50 million initiative by the Obama administration, private companies and foundations to empower women and girls.

A Department of Justice news release announced the $2 million in grants, which will provide legal help and support services to a primarily female group of crime victims suffering from elder abuse, neglect and exploitation.

“Elder abuse and exploitation exact an enormous physical, financial and emotional toll on victims, many of whom never find the comprehensive support they so desperately need,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch in the release. “Elder Justice AmeriCorps deploys a volunteer army of legal advocates in communities across the country, giving thousands of our nation’s elders a place to turn for healing and justice.”

In a separate White House news release, the Obama administration announced $50 million in commitments to support women and girls by the feds, private companies and foundations.

The programs were announced as the first-ever United State of Women Summit was about to kick off.

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