CEDAR's Mission

…involuntary commitment is incarceration against one’s will regardless of whether it is called ‘civil’ or ‘criminal.’
— Supreme Court of California

Civil Rights Education, Policy, and Research

CEDAR's focus is human rights of the elderly and disabled.  Our advocates are at the forefront of education, policy analysis, and research on these issues.  We present our data at conferences and events across the nation.


CEDAR educates the public on human rights issues of concern to elders and disabled.  CEDAR develops print and multimedia educational materials for use by individuals or organizations.  CEDAR representatives speak at national conferences, regional, and local events. 

 CEDAR investigates and reports on cases of abuse and human rights violations. Past investigations focused on elder abuse within California conservatorships, elder abuse in assisted living facilities, and law enforcement complicity with elder abuse.

CEDAR reported on failures of Adult Protective Services, the Long-term Care Ombudsman, and Community Care Licensing. Those failures to provide mandated services allowed horrific abuse to continue with impunity. 

policy analysis & Development

CEDAR analyzes current policy and provides input for policy development.  CEDAR advocates engage with policy makers at the national, state, and local levels. 


CEDAR and CANHR provided input for the language of AB 1085.  The language in AB 1085 is the most progressive in the nation and could serve as a model for other states.

The Legislature finds and declares that every adult in this state has the right to visit with, and receive mail and telephone or electronic communication from, whomever he or she so chooses, unless a court has specifically ordered otherwise.

CEDAR guided San Jose Police Department to develop an elder abuse policy that correctly identifies isolation as a form of elder abuse.  The improved SJPD elder abuse policy could serve as a model for jurisdictions across the country. 

CEDAR developed a white paper on conservatorship / guardianship for the Uniform Law Commission, Guardianship and Protective Proceedings Drafting Committee. 


CEDAR provided input for AB 2171, which established a statutory Bill of Rights for residential care facilities for the elderly (assisted living). That Bill of Rights included the right to visitation and the right to phone calls.


CEDAR was instrumental in the introduction and passage of AB 937, which clarified conservatees’ right to visitation, phone calls, and personal mail. Co-founder Linda Kincaid was invited to testify before California’s Senate Judiciary Committee.


CEDAR conducts and supports research on abuse of elders and disabled.  CEDAR conducted the first survey of elder abuse prevalence across all populations.  Our data indicate that more abuse is perpetrated by long-term care facilities and paid in home caregivers than by family.  

CEDAR's data indicate that current education and training on elder abuse may not accurately represent 21st century realities. Current policies may not adequately serve vulnerable populations. The adverse outcomes of those policies can be seen in unbridled abuse of elders and dependent adults.

CEDAR reviewed elder abuse policies for jurisdictions throughout California.  Our survey established that most jurisdictions in California has policies that indicate abuse is a civil matter, rather than a crime.  These flawed policies may be a root cause of law enforcement apathy toward abuse of elders and dependent adults.

CEDAR reviewed policies concerning court appointed attorneys throughout California.  Our survey established that many counties do not require contracts for court appointed attorneys in conservatorship.  Some counties, including San Bernardino County, do not provide any supervision for court appointed attorneys.