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Priorities

The District of Arizona is an oversized U.S. Attorney’s Office that faces unique geographical challenges and resource demands.  In addition to sharing a 375-mile border with Mexico, the office also handles one of the most robust Indian Country dockets in the country and serves as the exclusive felony prosecutor for nearly all of the 22 federally-recognized tribes whose reservations fall in whole or in part within Arizona.  As a result, the office’s charging figures are consistently among the highest of all U.S. Attorney’s Offices.

The District of Arizona’s enforcement priorities are consistent with, and reflect, these unique attributes.  In addition to mirroring the prosecution priorities of the Department of Justice, the office places special emphasis on seven types of cases: (1) terrorism and national security, (2) border crime and border security, (3) violent crime, with a particular emphasis on violent crimes occurring in Indian Country, (4) mortgage, investment, cyber, and financial-institution fraud, (5) public corruption, (6) criminal civil rights violations, and (7) exploitation of vulnerable victims, including child pornography cases and human trafficking prosecutions.

Updated October 16, 2015