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August 22, 2006


The Source of Information and Assistance on Elder Abuse

Elder Justice Act of 2003 (S. 333)

On February 10, 2003, Sen. John Breaux (D-La.), Ranking Member, Senate Special Committee on Aging, and Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, introduced the Elder Justice Act of 2003 - S. 333 in the Senate. The bill before the Senate is an important step towards ensuring the safety of vulnerable elders.

If passed, the new law among other things would:

  • Establish dual Offices of Elder Justice in the US Department of Health and Human Services/Administration on Aging and US Department of Justice to coordinate elder abuse prevention efforts nationally.
  • Require a FBI criminal background check of long term care nursing aides and better training for workers in the detection of elder abuse.
  • Establish an Office of Adult Protective Services within the US Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
  • Enhance law enforcement response.

Click here to learn more about the Senate Elder Justice bill, or go to and enter S. 333 in the bill number box.

Elder Justice Act (H.R. 2490) Introduced in House

On June 17, 2003, Rep. Rahm Emanuel (D-5th IL), and a bipartisan group of more than 45 cosponsors led by House Majority Whip Roy Blunt (R-7th MO), introduced H.R. 2490, the Elder Justice Act in the U.S. House of Representatives.

H.R. 2490 is a companion measure to the bill introduced in the Senate on February 10. Senate and House versions are identical.

More on H.R. 2490

Elder Justice Coalition
"A National Advocacy Voice Supporting Elder Justice in America"

The Elder Justice Coalition, a nonpartisan coalition of national, regional, state, and local advocacy groups and concerned citizens, is working to promote public understanding and support of the Elder Justice Act. For more information, see

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