The U.S. Attorney's Office of the Eastern District of Tennessee is involved in a number of programs and projects in our community. Some of our major efforts are listed below.
Project Safe Childhood is a unified and comprehensive strategy to combat child exploitation. Initiated in May, 2006, by the Department of Justice, Project Safe Childhood combines law enforcement efforts, community action, and public awareness. The goal of Project Safe Childhood is to reduce the incidence of sexual exploitation of children. There are five essential components to Project Safe Childhood: (1) building partnerships; (2) coordinating law enforcement; (3) training PSC partners; (4) public awareness; and (5) accountability.
Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) is a nationwide commitment to reduce gun and gang crime in America by networking existing local programs that target gun and gun crime and providing these programs with additional tools necessary to be successful. Since its inception in 2001, approximately $2 billion has been committed to this initiative. This funding is being used to hire new federal and state prosecutors, support investigators, provide training, distribute gun lock safety kits, deter juvenile gun crime, and develop and promote community outreach efforts as well as to support other gun and gang violence reduction strategies.
The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Tennessee is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims. If you are a victim of an offense being prosecuted by our Office, our Victim-Witness specialists can make sure that you are notified of important stages of the case to help you exercise your rights. In addition, they can help refer you to agencies that provide other services to witnesses, such as compensation and counseling. For information or assistance with referrals, please contact Susie Delozier, our Victim-Witness Coordinator in our Knoxville office, who serves our Knoxville and Greeneville offices or Amy Russell, our Victim-Witness Specialist in Chattanooga, who serves our Chattanooga and Winchester Divisions.