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Elder Abuse

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In the API community and in general, elder abuse continues to be underreported and misunderstood. Barriers to reporting can linguistic isolation, familial relationship to the abuser, and cultural values that encourage endurance of suffering in favor of group stability.

API Legal Outreach works to both to prevent abuse towards elders and people with disabilities and to assist survivors of abuse. We work closely with senior centers, churches, and senior meal sites to keep our services accessible.


We provide legal services in a variety of areas to assist elders and individuals with disabilities to receive public benefits and live a life free from abuse.

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Elder Abuse Prevention

In 2000, we founded the Elder Abuse Task Force in conjunction with other community organizations and city agencies to address this underreported issue.

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Training & Technical Support

Our staff provide training and technical support to help others spot and prevent the abuse of elders and adults with disabilities.

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“My caretaker’s abuse started with using my medications to control my movement and alertness.”

“Over the next three years, he repeatedly raped me and threatened to kill me if I ever told anyone. My daughter assisted me with contacting Adult Protective Services who put me in touch with API Legal Outreach. With the help of my attorney, I was able to obtain a three-year restraining order against my abuser”

– Client

legal Services

Since its founding, API Legal Outreach has prioritized services for seniors and individuals with disabilities that are responsive to their language and culture. Our legal services in this area include:

  • Public benefits maintenance and appeals
  • Abuse prevention and intervention
  • Wills and trusts
  • Estate planning
  • Consumer fraud
  • Conservatorships
  • Planning for long-term care
  • Tax controversies

“In my culture, when the parents get older, their children are supposed to take care of them.”

“I was so sad to hear my children say to me, ‘We are in America now. We are struggling ourselves — why can’t you pull your own weight and contribute your Social Security checks to us?”

– Client

Elder Abuse Task Force

The Elder Abuse Task Force holds quarterly meetings with community- and faith-based organizations as well as government agencies to strengthen services available to elders and those with disabilities and hold trainings on how to prevent abuse.

“API Legal Outreach helped me file credit card fraud reports and take care of the problem”

“I had never had a credit card before. I didn’t even know what that was. When API Legal Outreach helped me get a credit report, I was so sad to see five accounts opened in my name by my son without my knowledge.”

– Client

Training & Technical Support

API Legal Outreach provides training and technical assistance to a variety of community and government agencies. With our organization’s history of serving API seniors and individuals with disabilities, our staff are able to provide helpful insights towards abuse in Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

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Founded in 1975, the mission of API Legal Outreach is to provide culturally competent and linguistically appropriate legal representation, social services, and advocacy for the most marginalized segments of the community including low-income women, seniors, recent immigrants, and youth.

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San Francisco Office

1121 Missio​n St.
​San Francisco, CA 94103


(T) 415.567.6255
(F) 415.567.6248

Oakland Office

310 8th St., Suite 305
​Oakland, CA 94607


(T) 510.251.2846
(F) 510.251.2292