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Announcing the Guardianship Convention Against Torture Project

Determine if your guardianship situation qualifies under the terms of the Convention.

Elder Conservatorship abuse

(PROGRESO, Yucatan Peninsula, Mexico) - While in Geneva, Switzerland recently I met with a number of disability rights oriented groups. It was suggested to me at that time that the guardianship victims bundle together our complaints and submit under the United Nations Convention Against Torture. The U.S. has both signed and ratified this international treaty and thus is bound to its conditions.

Most of us who have faced off the guardianship system have come to the realization that there is no domestic recourse for us. The C.A.T. offers an international venue which seems to be tailor made to our experiences and concerns.

Here is the link to the C.A.T.

Please read it carefully to determine if your guardianship situation qualifies under the terms of the Convention. One thing to keep in mind is that the complainant must have exhausted his or her domestic remedies.

Another thing to keep in mind is that the C.A.T. is about torture, not about loss of inheritance. So—if you have contacted the FBI or the US DOJ concerning your situation, you would qualify.

As probate is a state issue, those who have contacted their State AG may also submit to this effort, per my understanding.

Please email me your submissions at

Please keep your statements concise. All submissions will be confirmed so if you do not receive a confirming email, please re-send. Forwarding this email on to other guardianship victims would be greatly appreciated.


Janet Phelan is an investigative journalist whose articles have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, The San Bernardino County Sentinel, The Santa Monica Daily Press, The Long Beach Press Telegram, Oui Magazine and other regional and national publications. Janet addresses the heated subject of adult conservatorship, revealing shocking information about the relationships between courts and shady financial consultants. She also covers issues relating to international nuclear weapon treaties. Her poetry has been published in Gambit, Libera, Applezaba Review, Nausea One and other magazines. Her first book, The Hitler Poems, was published in 2005. She currently resides abroad.

You may browse through her articles (and poetry) at

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