Securing Equal JusticeReaching All Victims


Many elderly people and people with a disability can’t fully care for themselves, manage their money, and make important decisions about health care and other life issues. They’re at risk of abuse as a result. Court-appointed guardians provide an important safety net, but typically that net only covers people who can pay a professional or have a family member who’s willing and able to take on this role. 

To protect vulnerable people in need of care, Vera piloted the Guardianship Project, a nonprofit model that operates in New York City. Staff lawyers, social workers, and bookkeepers oversee services that keep people safe and engaged in their communities. The alternative for many of them would be victimization or ending up in expensive, publicly funded institutions where their quality of life would decline.

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Why are people with disabilities who experience sexual assault in California denied justice?

Perpetrators of sexual violence often seek opportunities that will allow them to act with impunity. As a recent report issued by California Watch illustrates, gaps within and between systems serving people with disabilities create ample opportunities for doing so. The gaps detailed in this report help to explain why people with cognitive or intelle...

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  • Sandra  Harrell
    Sandra Harrell
December 05, 2012
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