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U.S. Attorney Hires Prosecutor Dedicated to Fighting Child Exploitation in Tidewater

January 7, 2010

(Norfolk, Va) - Neil H. MacBride, United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, has hired Elizabeth M. Yusi to be an Assistant U.S. Attorney dedicated to prosecuting child exploitation crimes in the Tidewater region. Yusi was sworn in today by United States District Judge Rebecca Beach Smith.

            “We’re delighted for Beth to join our Norfolk office,” said U.S. Attorney MacBride. “Prosecuting crimes against children is a high priority for the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Justice Department. We’re grateful to have someone with Beth’s vast experience and expertise to help guide our efforts to find and prosecute those who hurt our children.”

            Since launching Project Safe Childhood in 2006, the Department of Justice has placed special emphasis on prosecuting crimes against children. Yusi is one of 38 prosecutors hired throughout the country in positions funded by the Department to prosecute child exploitation cases. Child exploitation prosecutions in the Eastern District of Virginia have increased from 37 in 2006 to 81 in 2009.

Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Yusi was a trial attorney in the Department of Justice’s Child Exploitation and Obscenity Section, where she prosecuted numerous child exploitation cases and coordinated international and national operations involving hundreds of targets. Before serving in the Justice Department, Yusi practiced law for five years with major law firms in Houston, Texas, and Washington, D.C. Earlier in her career, Yusi spent two years working with the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) in Arlington, Va.

Yusi received her juris doctorate from Washington and Lee University School of Law and her bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia.



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