Elder Financial Protection Network
A heartfelt thank you to all the speakers, sponsors and community partners that made our 8th annual Call to Action 2011 – San Francisco
a grand success!
National Summit on Elder Financial Abuse
Held in San Francisco
Speakers discuss national crisis
called “the crime of the 21st century”
San Francisco – Elder Financial Protection Network held its 8th annual Call to Action conference and awards ceremony on March 31 at Mission Bay Conference Center at UCSF.
Actor, Mickey Rooney, 91, provided an emotional speech that drew tears and three standing ovations from the crowd of nearly 300 representatives of financial institutions, social services, law enforcement, legal professionals and elder justice advocates. “I am here today as the voice of millions of senior citizens to tell you that ending elder abuse is of critical importance” Rooney said, “No one ever thinks they will be in this position in their lifetime, but the statistics are staggering, and they paint an unsettling picture. Whether the abuse is physical, emotional or financial, it is an unbelievable reality that often sneaks up on you without warning.”
Rooney read the Call to Action Proclamation which calls upon Congress to authorize the postmaster general to issue an elder abuse semipostage stamp; to fund the Eder Justice Act and requests that the President issue a proclamation declaring June 15, 2012 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day and to light the White House Purple on this day. More than 200 participants followed Rooney’s lead and signed the poster-sized proclamation. An online petition was launched at the event through the EFPN’s website www.bewiseonline.org or www.stampoutelderabuse.org.
Philip Marshall, elder justice advocate and grandson of New York philanthropist Brooke Astor delivered compelling testimony and called for increased national collaboration to fight this growing crime. He said, “While my grandmother was emotionally and financially abused and isolated, her case is far from isolated; there are millions of victims, today, suffering similar injury.”
EFPN’s Sentinel Award was presented to Assistant District Attorney, Elizabeth Loewy, New York County, NY. Robert Blancato, National Coordinator, Elder Justice Coalition, Contra Costa Federal Credit Union, Pacific Service Credit Union and Patelco Credit Union were presented with the Donald N. Phelps Visionary Leadership Award.
The event was highlighted by an all day conference with nationally acclaimed speakers discussing the growing crime of elder financial abuse, described by experts as “the Crime of the 21st Century”.