2015 World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

The 2015 Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event was held on Friday, June 12, 2015 at William Mitchell College of Law.

Each June, the Minnesota Elder Justice Center sponsors a full-day professional education conference in conjunction with World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD) to strengthen the mission to combat elder abuse.

Click here for more information about the 2015 Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day conference: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – Details

The day is in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action which recognizes 
the significance of elder abuse as a growing social and financial concern, a public health matter, and a human rights issue. This event is designed to bring concerned people in Minnesota together to discuss best practices for preventing and responding to the maltreatment of older and vulnerable adults in this state and across the world. The conference content provides opportunities for people at all experience levels to broaden their horizons.

Breakout session information is available here: 2015 WEAAD Breakout Session Descriptions

Click here for the Tentative Schedule: World Elder Abuse Awareness Day 2015

CEU, Post, and CLE Credits will be available. 

Jane Ochrymowycz Award for Advocacy

The 2015 Jane Ochrymowycz Award for Advocacy has been awarded to Carmen Castaneda, a tireless advocate for elder justice working as the Program Manager for Minnesota’s Hennepin County Adult Protective Services and a nationally recognized expert on advocacy and adult protection.

Each year, the Jane Ochrymowycz Award for Advocacy is given at the Minnesota World Elder Abuse Awareness Day event. Jane Ochrymowycz, who passed away in 2011, was a citizen advocate that worked tirelessly on behalf of vulnerable adults. This award honors her legacy and is presented to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding commitment to advocacy on behalf of elderly and vulnerable adults in Minnesota.

Prior Winners:

  • 2012 – Amy Sweasy
  • 2013 – Iris Freeman
  • 2014 – Scott Campbell