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Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons
September 21, 2021

Interactive Dialogue with Independent Expert on Older Persons

Statement by the Delegation of the United States of America

Human Rights Council – 48th Session

Thank you, Madame President.

The Independent Expert’s report recommends developing anti-discrimination laws regarding older persons, including related to employment and income security.  The United States has policies, legislation, and programs in place to protect the rights of older persons.  Since 1967, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act has addressed discrimination in hiring, promotion, compensation, terms of employment, and termination.

The report emphasizes the need for access to justice and effective means of redress.  The U.S. government administers National Legal Assistance Programs that help older persons understand their rights and make informed decisions on key concerns including economic security, healthcare, housing, consumer protection, and elder abuse.

Further, the Elder Justice Coordination Council coordinates U.S. government efforts on preventing, identifying, and prosecuting elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Question:  What are some best practices to help older persons obtain justice in instances of discrimination?

Thank you.