Identity theft can rob victims of homes, life savings, independence, credit, and dignity. Victims may find themselves in debt or even implicated in crimes. Combatting this pernicious crime and making victims, many of whom are elderly, whole may require interventions with local, state, federal, or international law enforcement officials and victim advocates, the IRS, and creditors. Older adults are among the primary targets.
In 2010, the U.S. Department of Justice funded the Maryland Crime Victims Resource Center to organize and support 10 state level coalitions to serve victims of ID and cyber-crime. The result was the National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN). In 2016, additional funds were provided to the Identity Theft Resource Center (ITRC) to expand and enhance NITVAN coalitions through ongoing funding, the creation of an advisory committee, and technical assistance. This webinar will bring together representatives from the coalitions to describe what they have learned, their challenges and successes, and how others can benefit. Panelists are:
Paul Caccamise, LMSW, ACSW, Vice President, Fraud, Scams and ID Theft Prevention Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Leita King, MSW, Fraud, Scams and ID Theft Prevention Program Coordinator, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Hazel Heckers, Victim Assistance Coordinator, Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Sarah Goelz, Grant Manager, National Identity Theft Victims Assistance Network (NITVAN)
Mila Mignosa, Program Coordinator, Elder Identity Theft Coalition, Massachusetts Office of the Attorney General