Sam Leichter from San Francisco, California, urging Congress to Pass the Elder Justice Act

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This story from Sam Leichter of San Francisco, California, is part of the Elder Justice Campaign – a national campaign to break the silence on elder abuse and pass the Elder Justice Act.

As Program Coordinator of the Elder Financial Protection Network, Sam speaks everyday with victims of financial abuse and exploitation who are often afraid of reporting abuses because frequently the abuse involves a family member and “they don’t want to get a loved one in trouble.”

Sam underlines the importance of approving the Elder Justice Act because it will give seniors and the communities they live in “the resources and tools they need to protect seniors and help seniors protect themselves”.

Sam shares this story because there is a silent crisis that affects every community in America: Elder abuse. Each year an estimated 5 million of America’s older adults are beaten, ignored or financially exploited. Yet, as a country, we remain silent about this growing crisis.

To begin to address this problem, Congress has an immediate opportunity to pass federal legislation that will provide a foundation from which we can begin to protect our country’s elders — the Elder Justice Act. But we cannot do this without your help. Please help us break the silence by adding your voice to the national campaign and urge Congress to pass the Elder Justice Act now!

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