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World Elder Abuse Awareness Day (WEAAD), commemorated every year on June 15th, is an opportunity to raise awareness, engage new partners, and renew our collective commitment to the cause of elder justice. Each year, WEAAD draws more participants, garners more attention, and moves us closer to our national goals for elder justice. No matter who you are, you can take action and play a part in this effort. Learn how to get involved here.

On June 10th, a new federal interagency task force on Mental Health Parity enforcement will be holding a listening session with Secretary of Health and Human Services, Sylvia Burwell, and Director of the Office of National Drug Control Policy, Michael Botticelli. The session poses a unique opportunity to raise concerns as to whether AJFCA agencies providing mental health and/or substance abuse treatment services are encountering possible violations of the mental health parity law. Agencies that believe they have experienced violations or that know about state parity enforcement activities, are encouraged to contact Liz Leibowitz, AJFCA Director of Government Affairs.

In response to the increasing needs of Holocaust survivors living in the U.S., Representatives Ted Deutch (D-FL) and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Senators Bill Nelson (D-FL) and Susan Collins (R-ME) have introduced a bipartisan and bicameral concurrent resolution (H.Con.Res.129/S.Con.Res.36) that urges the German Government to fully fulfill its financial responsibility to provide for the ongoing needs of vulnerable Holocaust survivors. S.Con.Res.36 is currently circulating in the Senate for cosponsors and has been referred to the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations. H.Con.Res.129 was passed out of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs on May 18th and could be brought for a vote on the House floor in the coming weeks, though it continues to circulate for cosponsors. AJFCA supports this concurrent resolution as we believe it sends a strong message to the German Government regarding their responsibility to meet the immediate needs of Holocaust survivors. If you are interested in advocating for this resolution, we encourage you to contact your House and Senate members to urge them to cosponsor and vote for H.Con.Res.129/S.Con.Res.36. Senate offices can join as a cosponsor by contacting Matt Williams in Senator Nelson's office. House offices can join as a cosponsor by contacting Casey Kustin in Congressman Deutch's office. For more information, please email Liz Leibowitz, AJFCA's Director of Government Affairs.