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National Council on Aging
In 2009, WITNESS and National Council on Aging (NCOA) produced An Age for Justice: Confronting Elder Abuse in America, a film providing proof of the financial, emotional and physical abuse that up to an estimated five million older Americans face every year. The goal of the video campaign was to support the passage in Congress of the Elder Justice Act (EJA), the first comprehensive legislation that protects older Americans from abuse. The premiere screening of An Age for Justice took place on Capitol Hill in October 2009 and has since screened in hundreds of communities across the U.S.
In March 2010, EJA was passed as part of the historic Healthcare Reform Bill. EJA creates a foundation from which the U.S. can begin to protect the rights of older Americans by providing support for programs on prevention and detection of elder abuse, dignified treatment of victims and fair prosecution of perpetrators.
For information on hosting a screening of An Age for Justice in your community, please click here.