Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship

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Silent Torture: Trafficking Through Guardianship reveals how guardianship has become a new form of human trafficking. Seniors are forced into isolation, often sedated at home or in locked care facilities, while their assets are spent down. It sounds like Nazi Germany, but this is happening in America right now.

In conjunction with National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, Elder Dignity has released this video to combat the rising crime of forced isolation of seniors for money, highlight the equity court crisis and help free 91-year-old Dr. Lillie Sykes White from a fraudulent guardianship in Florida. She has been entrapped under guardianship for eight years and in forced isolation for 1,261 days (as of this upload), almost four years.

Demonstrating a growing coalition of people who care about this issue, the video includes the top elder justice advocates in the country such as Terri and Rick Black, Founders of the Center for Estate Administration Reform (CEAR); Dr. Sam Sugar, Founder of Americans Against Abusive Probate Guardianship (AAAPG); Philip C. Marshall, Founder of Beyond Brooke; Thomas Wright, Producer of Edith + Eddie; Dr. Zena Crenshaw-Logal, Founder of National Judicial Conduct Disability Law Project; among others. It also includes families of victims in Florida, Nevada, California, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey and Virginia, showing the similar pattern and practice that happens across the country.

The call to action at the end is asking the public to sign a petition requesting that Governor Ron DeSantis free Dr. White. The governor has the responsibility to enforce state laws including Chapter 825: Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Elderly Persons and Disabled Adults. The video also makes a direct appeal to President Trump and the 2020 candidates to address the overall issue. The intention is to spark national dialogue and greater reform at the federal level.

The video was produced by Teresa Kay-Aba Kennedy–a former MTV Networks Vice President, Dr. White’s niece and Founder of Elder Dignity. She is also a World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (2009) and internationally respected advocate for human potential.

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