Frank is 94 years old and has led a relatively comfortable life. That is, until his memory began to fail him. As the years went on, his dementia became more pronounced and interfered with his ability to make the necessary decisions to successfully manage his routine day-to-day affairs. It seemed only natural to have his Continue Reading »
Benny is a developmentally disabled adult. He is non-verbal, mentally retarded, and has cerebral palsy. When he arrived at his group home 30 years ago, he couldn’t walk, feed himself, communicate his needs, had frequent seizures and took a myriad of strong anti-seizure medications to control them. Over the course of the 30 years in Continue Reading »
The case came to us from the Elder Abuse Forensic Center. A 95 year old man was being evicted from his home of 26 years because his rent had not been paid for 4 months. He was scheduled to be locked out on July 27. The building manager reported that his caregiver appeared to be abusing Continue Reading »
Two weeks later, he woke up, unable to speak or communicate. But he understood. Marino’s brother wanted him declared incompetent. His wife and children were not allowed to make decisions about his care or therapy, and were in danger of losing their home to the brother. The court clinic downtown referred them to our team.
It has often been a matter of life and death. After a year of drastically reduced oversight and investigation of neglect and abuse in California nursing homes, Governor Schwarzenegger signed Assembly Bill 392 (Feuer) into law. Co-sponsored by Bet Tzedek, this legislation restores $1.6 million for Long-Term Care Ombudsman programs to patients and families.
We’ll never forget. Less than two years after creating the first international initiative for reparations to Holocaust survivors, the Justice Network has been recognized for outstanding service by the American Bar Association. The ABA Pro Bono Publico Award is this country’s highest honor for pro bono assistance. We honor those who perished in the Holocaust Continue Reading »
Her foster daughter and nine others had been taking Madie’s Social Security checks. And rewarding her with the worst possible conditions. Quickly after discovering Madie’s situation, Bet Tzedek got her temporarily placed in the care of her loving, responsible niece. But that was only the beginning. What Madie needed was a permanent solution to her Continue Reading »