Department of Justice Announces Matt Dummermuth to Head the Office of Justice Programs
The Department of Justice today announced Matt M. Dummermuth as the head of the Office of Justice Programs. Mr. Dummermuth replaces Laura L. Rogers, who now serves as Director of the Department’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking.
As Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Mr. Dummermuth leads the Justice Department’s principal funding, research, and statistical component, overseeing more than $5 billion in grants and other investments intended to support state, local and tribal criminal and juvenile justice activities and victim services.
Mr. Dummermuth served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Iowa from 2007 to 2009. Under his leadership, the office successfully orchestrated the nation’s most successful criminal immigration worksite enforcement action. The action resulted in the convictions of more than 300 hundred illegal immigrants for various document fraud, aggravated identity theft and other immigration-related offenses, as well as the convictions of the company’s day-to-day CEO, CFO, controller, operations supervisors and entire human resources department.
His office prosecuted record numbers of child exploitation defendants and launched an Internet-predator warning program that reached more than 42,000 students in 150 middle schools. In addition, he created the first human trafficking task force in Iowa, bringing together law enforcement agencies and victim assistance organizations to combat trafficking operations and provide services to trafficking survivors. During his tenure, the office also convicted 26 defendants, including 19 doctors, for illegally distributing more than 30 million prescription pills using half a million phony prescriptions, and shared with local law enforcement more than $4 million of the $7 million seized from the two Internet pharmacy companies and other defendants involved in the illegal scheme.
Mr. Dummermuth served on the Terrorism and National Security Subcommittee and the Child Exploitation and Obscenity Working Group of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee. He was also a member of the Executive Board of the Midwest High Intensity Drug Trafficking Area.
Mr. Dummermuth previously served in the Justice Department as Counsel and Special Assistant to the Assistant Attorney General for Civil Rights, and as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia. Prior to joining OJP, he was in private practice in Iowa where he focused primarily on civil litigation involving constitutional, governmental, agricultural and business matters.
He graduated from Harvard Law School, where he was editor-in-chief of the Harvard Journal of Law & Public Policy, and clerked for the Honorable Judge David R. Hansen of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit. Matt grew up on a crop and livestock farm in Iowa and graduated with a degree in agricultural engineering from Iowa State University.