Enforcement, Prevention and Community Trust
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Michigan serves the 6.5 million people living in the eastern half of Michigan’s lower peninsula. As part of the U.S. Department of Justice, we prosecute criminal cases, bring civil actions and defend the federal government in federal court.
We also work with law enforcement agencies and community partners to reduce crime through enforcement, prevention and community outreach.
Our criminal enforcement efforts include prosecuting cases involving terrorism, violent and organized crime, public corruption, white collar crime, environmental crimes, major illegal drug distribution, cybercrime, child exploitation, firearms offenses, immigration offenses, theft of trade secrets, and health care fraud, among others.
Our civil enforcement efforts include bringing cases involving violations of civil rights, health care fraud, mortgage fraud and other forms of fraud against the federal government. We also use asset forfeiture as a tool to reclaim profits obtained by defendants in their illegal activities. In addition, we work to collect restitution on behalf of victims.
Our appellate work involves preparing briefs and arguing cases before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati, Ohio.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office coordinates a number of prevention and community outreach efforts, including Project Sentry, in which our lawyers and law enforcement coordinators speak to students about the consequences of gun violence, and an Explorer Scout program, which exposes students to careers in law enforcement.
Through our Face-To-Face program, we meet with convicted felons returning to the community after serving prison terms to inform them of the consequences of criminal conduct and to provide awareness of services available to them through the Michigan Prisoner Re-Entry Initiative.
Because community trust is essential to our work, we work with community groups to address concerns about public safety and law enforcement practices. Our lawyers and law enforcement coordinators participate in Advocates and Leaders for Police and Community Trust (“ALPACT”), Building Respect in Diverse Groups to Enhance Sensitivity (“BRIDGES”), and the Michigan Alliance Against Hate Crimes (“MIAAHC”), among others.
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