The clinic for the rights of Holocaust survivors and the Elderly

The clinic for the rights of Holocaust survivors and the Elderly

The Clinic for the Rights of Holocaust Survivors and the Elderly (Est. 2011) was the first to provide pro bono legal counsel to Holocaust survivors for issues related to their rights and benefits. Since then, the Clinic has developed its expertise in the fields of Holocaust compensation and survivor rights, and in 2016, the Clinic expanded its reach to provide services to all elderly populations throughout Israel.  

 

In 2018, some 190,000 Holocaust survivors, aged 70-90, were living in Israel. Many survivors suffer from severe economic distress; 45% of them live below the poverty line. The Clinic deals with a broad spectrum of issues relevant to the rights of Holocaust survivors and the elderly, including disability entitlements; public housing; consumer protections; legal guardianship; social security; Holocaust restitution; and long-term care benefits. The Clinic’s lawyers and students assist people to overcome bureaucratic obstacles and represent elderly people in legal procedures or in court, when necessary. We are proud to provide free home visits, a service rarely offered by other legal aid services for the elderly.

 

In addition, the Clinic drafts and advances sound policy and legislation, and operates a hotline for elderly people and their families. The Clinic sometimes partners with other NGOs on projects, and has close relationships with professionals and institutions that work with the elderly in Israel.

 

Clinical Staff 

 

Prof. Daphna Hacker - Academic Supervisor Liad Strulov, Adv. – Clinical Instructor Yael Havassy-Aharoni, Adv. – Clinical Instructor

 

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