As your elected District Attorney, I take great pride in leading the largest local prosecutorial office in the nation. Last year, my office led the way on some very important issues.
We established a Human Trafficking Unit that focuses on putting pimps behind bars and helping their victims – some as young as 11 years old. In the first year, the number of human trafficking cases filed nearly tripled.
For those young victims, we created the First Step Diversion Program, which works with nongovernmental agencies to get children who were forced into prostitution off the streets and into programs to help them regain their lives.
My office also launched the OSHA and Environmental Crimes Rollout Program to provide extra support to agencies investigating environmental crimes, occupational deaths or serious workplace injuries.
To safeguard seniors, we unveiled the Elder Financial Abuse Outreach Campaign, which disseminates valuable information about scams that target them and their assets.
My office also is working closely with business leaders on how best to protect consumers from computer network intrusions that jeopardize our bank accounts and credit ratings.
As founder and chair of the Los Angeles County Criminal Justice Mental Health Project, I have assembled a multidisciplinary group of experts representing an array of stakeholders to develop a comprehensive mental health diversion program.
In the courtroom, my office sustained efforts to hold public officials accountable under the law. Seven former City of Bell officials were sentenced for their roles in the most significant public corruption case prosecuted in Los Angeles County in more than a decade.
Most important, my staff worked tirelessly to keep the public safe from violent criminals. It is my honor to serve as the leader of this distinguished organization. I have done my best to represent the interests of the residents of Los Angeles County.