WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Justice coordinated a week of events recognizing World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) on June 15, which is dedicated to raising awareness about the millions of older adults who experience elder abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation.
As part of this effort the following effort took place:
AG Barr meets with financial counsels
Attorney General William P. Barr Met with Financial Institution General Counsels to Address Elder Financial Exploitation
On Friday, June 14, the General Counsels of several major banks met with U.S. Attorney General William Barr and leadership of the newly formed Transnational Elder Justice Strike Force to discuss the growing problem of elder fraud.
The conversation centered on how financial institutions can better collaborate with the U. S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to apply successful programs and protocols to identify and prevent international criminals from targeting senior Americans at home.
The banks committed to building upon their already successful partnerships with law enforcement in the United States and the United Kingdom, including the Department’s Consumer Protection Branch and network of U.S. Attorney’s Offices, to combat transnational organized crime. In order to fight increasing international financial exploitation, the financial industry and DOJ agreed to continue communication and increase collaboration efforts in order to fight this critically important issue ensnaring the most vulnerable in our society.”
Attorney General Barr previously held a roundtable with leaders in the tech industry to explore ways both private and public partnerships can combat transnational criminal organizations targeting America’s seniors. Barr remains committed to strengthening partnerships in order to better identify international fraud schemes and prosecute foreign criminals targeting our elderly.”
Elder Fraud Strike Force formed
Barr also announced the establishment of the Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force, a joint law enforcement effort that brings together the resources and expertise of the Department of Justice’s Consumer Protection Branch, the U.S. Attorneys’ Offices for six federal districts, the FBI, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, and other organizations.
“Fraud against the elderly is on the rise,” Barr said. “One of the most significant and pernicious causes for this increase is foreign-based fraud schemes. The new Transnational Elder Fraud Strike Force will bring together the expertise and resources of our prosecutors, federal and international law enforcement partners, and other government agencies to better target, investigate, and prosecute criminals abroad who prey on our elderly at home. The Department of Justice is committed to ending the victimization of elders across the country.”
Judicial roundtable discussion
DOJ hosted a roundtable discussion hosted by Acting Director of the Office on Violence Against Women, Katharine Sullivan, with judges from around the country who shared their views and experiences from the bench presiding over elder abuse and financial exploitation cases.
Elder Justice Tribal Liaison Education Packet
Every tribal liaison across the country will have critical elder justice information to share with the tribal leaders in their districts.
DOJ is committed to defending the vulnerable and obtaining justice for those who have been targeted.