Dedicated to the Prevention of Elder Abuse


Vanguard Award 2019


Immediately before Hurricane Katrina in 2005, Harold Bartholomew, Jr. was appointed to the newly-created position of Supervisor for the Elder Abuse Protection Unit in the District Attorney’s Office of the Louisiana 22nd Judicial District. Knowing the storm’s devastation would attract frauds of all sorts, Mr. Bartholomew quickly sought to prepare local law enforcement on the investigation and prosecution of the crimes common in those circumstances. With this auspicious start, he drove forward to train care givers, law enforcement, protective services workers, non-profits and anyone else who could make a difference to protect elders from abuse, neglect and exploitation. He has trained prosecutors on behalf of the Louisiana District Attorneys Association, and repeatedly demonstrated his concern for older adults by providing classes for them on how to protect themselves.

Mr. Bartholomew was on the dais for the first three hour panel discussion that became the Gulf Coast Elder Abuse Conference. He has been a constant at every event since then, and his classes are frequently over-flowing with attendees who seek his knowledge, wisdom and interest in older adults.

Mr. Bartholomew has been and remains in the vanguard of those who would make a difference in guarding the interests of our elders.