Victims of Elder Abuse: a DA’s Passion

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Date(s) - Wednesday, April 13, 2016
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

Flamingo Conference Resort and Spa

Victims of Elder Abuse: a DA's Passion

D.A. Ravish will speak to us this week about one of the areas in which she is most passionate – Elder Abuse.

Jill Ravitch is the first woman to serve as District Attorney in Sonoma County. She took office in 2011, and is now serving her second term. A graduate of UC Berkeley, Ms. Ravitch attended the University of San Francisco Law School, and upon graduation in 1987 began her prosecutorial career at the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office. Ms. Ravitch moved to Sonoma County in 1990 and joined the Sonoma County District Attorney’s Office where she earned recognition for her prosecution skills, handling many complex and high profile sexual assault, domestic violence, gang violence and homicide cases. Ms. Ravitch left briefly for private practice but soon returned to the courtroom as Chief Deputy District Attorney in Mendocino County, before winning election and returning to Sonoma County as District Attorney. During Ms. Ravitch’s first term she opened the Family Justice Center, dedicated to providing wraparound services to victims of family violence, sexual assault, elder abuse and child abuse. She also established a dedicated elder protection unit and began an adult truancy program to hold parents accountable. Under Ms. Ravitch’s leadership the Human Trafficking Task Force has become a model for other counties due to the collaboration of many agencies to engage in outreach, prevention and prosecution of offenders. Ms. Ravitch serves as an advisory member on many local boards, and is an adjunct professor teaching criminal law to first year students at Empire Law School.

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