The primary responsibility of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office is the prosecution of federal crimes in the District. The crimes prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys assigned to the Criminal Division cover a wide range of criminal activities, including drug trafficking, firearms violations, corporate and financial institution fraud, bankruptcy fraud, mail fraud, healthcare fraud, computer fraud, identity theft, tax fraud, agricultural program fraud, public corruption, terrorism, child exploitation and child pornography, environmental crimes, civil rights violations, federal wildlife violations, and any of the more than 900 federal offenses that have been created by Congress.
Twenty attorneys are assigned to the Criminal Division. This includes two supervisors and the Criminal Chief. Within the Division, one experienced attorney is designated as Senior Litigation Counsel to provide counsel and training to other attorneys and to handle particularly complex cases. One attorney is assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force (OCDETF) to handle major drug trafficking prosecutions. Attorneys from the Division are active in the Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) initiative, and Project Safe Childhood (PSC). Project Safe Neighborhoods is a nationwide program designed to reduce firearm crimes and promote firearm safety. Project Safe Childhood is a Department of Justice initiative that aims to combat technology-facilitated sexual exploitation crimes against children.