Preventing Post-Disaster Financial Exploitation:
Lessons Learned from Superstorm Sandy

Offered by:
New Jersey Department of Human Services, Division of Aging Services, Adult Protective Services
Rutgers School of Social Work, Office of Continuing Education
Funded by the Federal Superstorm Sandy Social Services Block Grant

Tools for Today, Tips for Tomorrow

Following Superstorm Sandy, thousands of individuals and families in New Jersey were devastated by property loss and the resulting disruption to their lives. Understandably, people were left shocked and confused - wondering how to rebuild their homes and start again. Most people don't have all the necessary skills or answers to do this on their own - so they must rely on others for help. Some viewed this as an opportunity to prey on individuals affected by the storm. The National Center for Disaster Fraud reports receiving over 1,400 fraud complaints in the first year after Superstorm Sandy, with 30% of them coming from New Jersey.

At this one-day conference, participants will learn from nationally recognized disaster response professionals and legal experts on how best to prevent, identify, and address post-disaster financial exploitation following disasters. The conference will focus on incorporating lessons learned from Superstorm Sandy to help prevent vulnerable adults from falling prey to financial exploitation in the future. Whether you are a professional or a community member, this conference will help educate and prepare you to address post-disaster financial exploitation.

  • Expert panel discussion
  • Breakout workshops
  • Free registration (registration link below)

Keynote Speaker: Paul Greenwood

Paul Greenwood is a leading voice on protecting vulnerable adults from fraud and abuse. This nationally known and award winning prosecutor from San Diego has established a model program in the investigation and prosecution of elder abuse. An engaging and dynamic speaker, Paul Greenwood will share his vision and expertise on how to make vulnerable adults safer from financial exploitation in the wake of disasters.

Paul Greenwood, Deputy District Attorney
Head of Elder Abuse Prosecution Unit, San Diego District Attorney's Office


Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed for individuals in the fields of:
  • Behavioral health
  • Business
  • Criminal justice
  • Disaster response
  • Emergency management
  • Finance
  • First response
  • Government
  • Healthcare
  • Human services
  • Law enforcement
  • Public health


Friday, September 19, 2014
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Rutgers Busch Campus Center
604 Bartholomew Rd.
Piscataway, NJ 08854
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Link to Conference Flyer


  • Pre-registration is required to attend. Register below.
  • There is no cost to attend this conference
  • Includes 5 CEUs for Social Workers & Licensed Professional Counselors
  • Breakfast and lunch are included
  • For more information, call 848-932-8438

Free On-site Trainings Available for Fall 2014 / Spring 2015!

  • Expert-led, 90 minutes presentations on post-disaster financial exploitation will be offered to interested organizations and community groups.
  • Appropriate for staff development and general populations

Call 848-932-8438 for more information or to schedule a training

This workshop does not have any offerings for this semester.