Florida Continues To Fail Seniors [Media]

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida continues to fall short on protecting seniors from the predatory guardianship system. Instead, it seems like the Florida Department of Elder Affairs has a mandate to protect rogue guardians versus the elderly. The state continues to allow professional guardians who violate state law to practice. On July 23, 2020, Adam Walser from ABC Action News Tampa Bay reported on their investigation, which included the Lillie Sykes White case. Watch the WFTS piece: https://www.a...
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Advocacy Efforts Gets Covered By Florida News

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - The Elder Dignity advocacy efforts this week made it on the 5 o'clock news in Florida. I flew to Tallahassee from New York on January 28th to speak at the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting re: SB 944 on guardianship. A handful of advocates traveled hundreds of miles to share their voices and concerns. The next day, a number of us did a media interview with Mike Vasilinda of Capitol News Service. Afterwards, fellow advocate Doug Franks and I staged an impromptu protest tha...
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Meeting With Secretary After Impromptu Protest

TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Florida's guardianship system is terribly broken and it took a slightly rogue move--which ended up making the 5 o'clock news--to finally get a meeting with leadership. After an interview with Mike Vasilinda of Capitol News Service, the day's schedule was fairly open. Our team of advocates, who had driven from across Florida to participate in the Senate Judiciary Committee meeting on January 28th, was dispersing to head home. Fellow advocate Doug Franks and I were the only tw...
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Elder Advocates Speak Up in Tallahassee

Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy speaking at the Senate Committee on Judiciary in Tallahassee, FL - January 28, 2020 TALLAHASSEE, FL. - Elder justice advocates in Florida and across the country traveled hundreds of miles to Tallahassee to speak for just one or two minutes at the Senate Committee on Judiciary meeting on Tuesday, January 28, 2020. State Senator Kathleen Passidomo, R-Naples, sponsored SB 994 to increase protections for seniors under guardianship. The bill passed by a vote of 6 to 0. Advo...
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OPEN LETTER to Senator Kathleen Passidomo

Please SIGN THE PETITION to Governor DeSantis to free Dr. Lillie Sykes White. For more on involuntary guardianships, watch The Deception of Protection and Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship. Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Founder of Elder Dignity.
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OPEN LETTER to Governor Ron DeSantis

Please SIGN THE PETITION to Governor DeSantis to free Dr. Lillie Sykes White. For more on involuntary guardianships, watch The Deception of Protection and Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship. Contributed by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, Founder of Elder Dignity.
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RELEASE: Videos for Human Trafficking Prevention Month

  PRESS RELEASE For Immediate Release, January 23, 2020 Contact: Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy, elderdignity(at)hotmail.com, 212-901-6913 ELDER DIGNITY RELEASES TRIO OF VIDEOS INCLUDING “SILENT TORTURE” MAKING LINK BETWEEN HUMAN TRAFFICKING AND GUARDIANSHIP Calls for Governor DeSantis to release Dr. Lillie Sykes White from forced isolation in Florida for National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month NEW YORK, NY – On the heels of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Peace Week, and in c...
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RELEASE: The Forbidden Reunion [Video]

FLORIDA SENIOR ISOLATED FROM FAMILY OF 50 RELATIVES FOR THREE YEARS DESPITE VIDEO OF HER ASKING FOR HER SISTER, NIECES & NEPHEWS Guardian refuses to let anyone speak with her without a "passcode," court ignores motions, and care facility refused to disclose safety preparations for Hurricane Dorian DELAND, FL - On Friday, September 6, 2019, Dr. Lillie Sykes White turned 91. Her family of almost fifty people wanted to celebrate her. On video, released today, she said she wants to see her sis...
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Help Free Lillie

WHAT YOU CAN DO TO HELP Since the judiciary is broken is so many counties across America when it comes to guardianships, we the people must speak up. You have the right and the power as a citizen to voice your opinion. By helping Lillie, we can help many seniors since Lillie's case is one of the most egregious in the country. We want to use it as an example to change laws but we first must free Lillie. Here are four ways you can help: 1) Contact Public Officials in Florida Office of Governor...
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