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Violent And Organized Crimes Section

Section Overview

AUSAs in the Violent and Organized Crime Section handle cases involving the most serious violent crimes including arsons, prison murders and assaults, bombings, firearms offenses, and bank robberies.  AUSAs in the Section also handle cases involving crimes committed by organized crime groups, including traditional LCN (La Cosa Nostra) prosecutions, as well as prosecutions involving other emerging criminal organizations, including Russian and Asian organized crime cells.

AUSAs in the Section help run the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) program and the Anti-Gang Initiative, both of which seek to coordinate efforts by federal law enforcement, local law enforcement, and community groups to counter criminal gun use, particularly gun use by violent criminal gangs.  As part of PSN and the Anti-Gang Initiative, AUSAs work with agents from the FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) to develop criminal cases against the leaders of organized street gangs responsible for much of the Central District’s gun violence.  In these and other cases involving violent organized crime, AUSAs are often involved in long-term investigations that use undercover agents, wire-taps, surveillance, and other covert investigation tactics to develop racketeering (RICO) cases based on various violent offenses.   Other targets of the USAO’s efforts to reduce violent organized crime include large-scale organized crime groups operating in the Central District and elsewhere. 

AUSAs in the Section also helped to create and now coordinate the efforts of the Southern California Regional Sexual Assault and Exploitation Felony Enforcement Team (SAFE Team), a multi-agency and multi-jurisdictional task force dedicated to the investigation, apprehension, and prosecution of child sexual abuse, child prostitution, and child pornography, with an emphasis on sexual predators and distributors of child pornography on the Internet.  In addition, AUSAs in the Section help run the USAO’s human trafficking program and Violence Reduction Network Program

Section Leadership

Elizabeth Yang, Assistant United States Attorney
Section Chief.

Recent Cases



Section Contact Information

The United States Attorney's Office
Central District of California
Criminal Division
Attn: Violent and Organized Crimes Section
312 North Spring Street
Los Angeles, California 90012



Updated November 27, 2015