Representatives Victoria Spartz and Sylvia Garcia Introduce Bipartisan Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021
WASHINGTON – Congresswoman Victoria Spartz (R-Ind.) and Congresswoman Sylvia Garcia (D-Texas) introduced the bipartisan Elder Abuse Protection Act today to shield American seniors from criminals and fraudsters.
The bill directs the Attorney General to establish an Elder Justice Initiative within the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice. The initiative will focus on criminal enforcement and public engagement efforts to combat abuse, neglect, and financial fraud scams that target the elderly.
“As we have seen during the pandemic, America’s seniors are among our most vulnerable population. As a former State Senator, I dealt with many issues our elderly Hoosiers are facing in their lives,” said Rep. Spartz. “Protecting and caring about the people who used to care for us is our responsibility. This legislation is an important step in the right direction.”
“As a former social worker, I have seen first-hand the impact that elder abuse, neglect, and financial fraud can have on our seniors, one of the most vulnerable communities in our country,” said Congresswoman Garcia. “The Elder Abuse Protection Act of 2021 is a critical step in making sure that our seniors can live with dignity and respect, and that they are not the targets of scams that can seriously jeopardize their livelihoods. This is especially important amid COVID-19, which many experts say has led to a significant increase in the number abuse cases of elderly people.”
“Due to quarantine measures and limitations on visiting facilities and nursing homes, it has made it easier for abuse, neglect, and fraud to go undetected,” Congresswoman Garcia added. “We must do everything we can to protect our seniors, the group most disproportionately affected by COVID-19, and ensure they are not the targets of these heinous crimes.”
The full bill text is available online.