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Congressional Hispanic Caucus Endorses the Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021

Jun 23, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C.—The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) has endorsed H.R. 2922, the Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021, introduced by CHC Member Rep. Sylvia Garcia (TX-29). The Elder Abuse Protection Act would prevent elder abuse and exploitation and improve the justice system’s response to victims in elder abuse and exploitation cases. Following the endorsement, CHC Chair Dr. Raul Ruiz (CA-36) released the subsequent statement:

“The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) proudly endorses H.R. 2922, the Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021, introduced by CHC Member Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (TX-29),” said Chair Dr. Ruiz. “The bill will help ensure the Department of Justice takes a linguistically sensitive approach in their assessment and intervention measures when protecting elders from abuse and financial exploitation, which has only intensified during the COVID-19 pandemic due to quarantine measures and limitations on visiting facilities and nursing homes. I thank Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia for her leadership and look forward to voting ‘yes’ on her bill in the House today.”

H.R. 2922, the Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021 would:

  • Make the Elder Justice Initiative a permanent office within the Department of Justice by granting the Attorney General the discretion to place the EJI in whatever component in the Department the Attorney General sees fit.      
     
  • Require the Elder Justice Coordinators to evaluate training models and best practices to create publicly available materials for local law enforcement and public officials tasked with investigating, interacting with victims of elder abuse, or addressing elder abuse.
     
  • Mandate that the Elder Justice Initiative maintain and publish information aimed at protecting elders from fraudulent schemes and include resources aimed at preventing elder abuse.
     
  • Require the Attorney General launch a national elder fraud telephone hotline, require the Elder Justice Coordinator make permanent consultations with the Office of Tribal Justice, as well as require the Elder Justice Coordinator consult on legal aid issues with whomever the Attorney General designates.        
     
  • Require the Attorney General’s Office to translate into Spanish any online resources that the Elder Justice Initiative publishes, and to post Spanish-language links that facilitate reporting of elder fraud and abuse to State and local law enforcement and help educate the public to prevent the financial exploitation of elders.           

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The Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC), founded in December 1976, is organized as a Congressional Member organization, governed under the Rules of the U.S. House of Representatives. The CHC is dedicated to voicing and advancing, through the legislative process, issues affecting Hispanics in the United States, Puerto Rico and U.S. Territories.