Date: Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Time: 2:00 - 3:30pm (Eastern)
Like all adult survivors of abuse, older adults have a complex set of circumstances and often poor options to consider. Latin@ older survivors may face additional barriers requiring service providers to examine how they are currently delivering services and how their policies and practices may help or hinder an older survivor. During this webinar, presenters will share their experiences and lessons learned as they observed World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Presenters will share available resources for the field to help address elder abuse and promote elder justice. Additionally, they will provide tools developed specifically for Latin@ survivors and their families. Finally, presenters will discuss how the complexity of these situations often requires organizations and communities to work together in new and innovative ways to meet the needs of older survivors.
Presenters: Pierre Berastaín, Casa de Esperanza: National Latin@ Network and Eden Ruiz-Lopez, National Center on Elder Abuse
Eden Ruiz-Lopez is a project manager at the National Center on Elder Abuse (NCEA). She leads grant management, responds to technical assistance inquiries, serves as an advisory board liaison, engages in education and outreach activities and coordinates the volunteer and internship program. She is currently an MPA candidate at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy with an acute passion for socio-demographic and geographic trends, as well as issues of aging, public housing transformation, human rights and homelessness.
Prior to joining the NCEA, Eden directed a home modification and housing advocacy program for adults with disabilities and managed finances for adults who were adjudicated incapacitated and placed under guardianship. Eden earned her Bachelor’s degree in Human Development and Family Studies and a minor in Psychology at The Pennsylvania State University.
Pierre R. Berastaín serves as the Assistant Director of Innovation & Engagement for the National Latin@ Network. Originally from Peru, Pierre immigrated to the United States with his family in 1998 and remained an undocumented immigrant for 14 years. Prior to Casa de Esperanza, Pierre worked for Renewal House, a domestic violence shelter in Boston, Mass as the Restorative Justice Advocate, and served as the Director of Media Relations for the Hispanic Black Gay Coalition. He is the Co-Founder of the Massachusetts Restorative Justice Collaborative and served as the Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Gay/Lesbian/Bisexual/Transgender (GLBT) Domestic Violence Coalition. Pierre was a 2012-2013 Fellow at the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation's National People of Color Media Institute. As a contributor to the Huffington Post, he writes on domestic violence, restorative justice, and general issues of social justice. He holds a Bachelor’s in Social Anthropology and a minor in Ethnic Studies/Human Rights from Harvard University as well as a Master of Divinity from Harvard Divinity School.