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  • The National Elder Abuse Symposium will be taking place December 9-12, 2014 at the Hyatt located at San Francisco Fisherman’s Wharf. Prosecutors, investigators, law enforcement, adult protective services, victim advocates, and more will provide information on how to identify, investigate, and prosecute cases involving elder and dependent adult abuse. For more information, click here.

  • In December 2013, the California Victim Compensation and Government Claims Board (Board) announced its decision to eliminate Rule 649.56. Involvement in the Qualifying Crime of Prostitution, to allow victims of crime who are engaged in an act of prostitution at the time of the attack to potentially be eligible for state assistance.   The decision came after evaluating stakeholder input collected at multiple public hearings and via written submissions.  After a three-member Board determined that the existing regulation inappropriately restricted victims of violent crime from receiving necessary assistance, the Board unanimously ruled that “the involvement in prostitution should no longer be a barrier to receiving help from CalVCP.”  The Board’s staff will begin the formal rule making process to eliminate the regulation that will include a public comment period and approval from the Office of Administrative Law.
  • As part of our “Know Your Rights” campaign, the Center began collaborating since December 2013 with the local magazine d’primera mano. Through a series of articles in Spanish, we joined efforts to provide to the local Spanish speaking community with information about victims’ rights and the several resources available in California for the victim and the victim’s family. Our first montly collaboration began with an article on “Cyberbullying” o Intimidacion Cibernetica.
  • Due to the increase in identity theft in California, we have added additional information to our website about tax-related identity theft. Click here for information and resources.
  • SB 1193 passed the California state legislature in September of 2012 and went into effect in April of 2013.  This bill requires certain establishments to post a notice informing the public of telephone hotlines available for victims of human trafficking to receive help and for others to report unlawful activity. These toll-free hotlines are available 24 hours a day and are completely confidential and anonymous.  For more information about SB 1193 visit the Attorney General’s website at

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