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The mission of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center is to mobilize communities to prevent and alleviate abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elder and vulnerable adults.
The Minnesota Elder Justice Center opened its doors on October 1, 2014, joining the work of the Vulnerable Adult Justice Project (VAJP) and MN S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative, into the Minnesota Elder Justice Center. The goal was to create a venue to accelerate work to prevent and alleviate the abuse, neglect, and financial exploitation of elders and vulnerable.
Vulnerable Adult Justice Project was founded in 2007 as a unique, statewide, interdisciplinary collaborative working to protect vulnerable and older adults through collaborative policy change efforts. The participants of the former VAJP remain partners of the Minnesota Elder Justice Center, and represent organizations and are broad and vary in their disciplines – prosecution, adult protection, domestic/sexual violence programs, medical and educational institutions, Dept. of Human Services and Dept. of Public Safety employees, criminal justice advocates, and more.
The Minnesota S.A.F.E. Elders Initiative was born in 2012 out of conversations between the Anoka County Attorney’s Office and leaders from the former Vulnerable Adult Justice Project to increase knowledge of elder abuse by the production of a Minnesota-focused educational toolkit and video. This group of professionals, including prosecutors, educators, law enforcement, experts on aging, financial advisors, and the medical community developed a toolkit for use throughout Minnesota to spot and reduce elder abuse. Central to the toolkit Elder Victims: Abused, Exploited, Alone, a 26- minute documentary created in partnership with Twin Cities Public Television.
In 2013, the decision was made to join forces and merge into a nonprofit organization – The Minnesota Elder Justice Center.