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Triumph Over Adversity: Empowering an Elder Abuse Survivor's Journey

Project Update: Elder and Disability Rights Project

The Elder/YAD and Anti-Asian Hate team wanted to share an inspiring recent case with all of you. It’s a story that showcases the power of resilience, community support, and the pursuit of justice. Our client, is a 71-year-old refugee from Vietnam, faced unimaginable challenges but emerged as a symbol of strength and triumph.Triumph Over Adversity: Empowering an Elder Abuse Survivor's Journey

Confronting Asian Hate, our client’s life took a distressing turn when he was targeted in an Asian hate attack in San Francisco. The incident not only left him physically injured but also deeply scarred psychologically. It was a stark reminder of the discrimination that persists in our society.

Our client was confronted with yet another trial – he became a victim of elder abuse. His vulnerability made him a target for exploitation, intensifying his fear and suffering. He found himself caught in a cycle of mistreatment that seemed impossible to break.

The Elder/YAD and Anti-Asian Hate team stepped in to offer our client the support he needed. We understood the interplay between the initial hate crime and the subsequent elder abuse. With a comprehensive strategy, we began the journey to empower him once again.

Our client’s safety was our first priority. From there, we initiated legal action against his abuser, provided our time to aid his emotional recovery, and ensured he was engaged with the community. The holistic approach was essential in addressing his complex situation.

We are pleased to share that our efforts bore fruit. We managed to hold the abuser accountable for their actions, allowing the client to finally break free from the abuse and fear. It’s a testament to our team’s dedication and our client’s courage.

Our client’s journey from victim to survivor is truly inspiring. It underscores the significance of community support, legal advocacy, and the unwavering pursuit of justice. His story serves as a reminder that no one should endure abuse or discrimination based on their identity or age.

As we celebrate this success, let’s keep in mind that our collective efforts can make a lasting impact. Our role in raising awareness about elder abuse and discrimination remains vital. By empowering survivors to seek help and justice, we’re contributing to a more compassionate society.

In the end, our client’s story is a testament to how our role as lawyers and advocates help to gain a potential for positive change. It’s a reminder that, even in the face of adversity, hope and justice prevail.

About the APILO’s Elder and Disability Rights Project:

APILO’s Elder and Disability Rights Project provides 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.
The Elder Team 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.With a team of exemplary attorneys and dedicated staff, the team provides a wide range of legal services, including naturalization assistance, other immigration cases, Elder Abuse, Estate planning, eviction defense, conservatorship, guardianship, and restraining orders to name a few.
If you want to learn more about what our team does, please feel free to reach out to us.

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