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Mission Statement


The mission of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia is to enforce the criminal laws of the United States and the District of Columbia, represent the interests of the United States in civil litigation, and respond to the public safety needs of the community by leading an effective, well-coordinated law enforcement effort that contributes to the overall goal of improving the quality of life in the District of Columbia.

The following responsibilities serve to guide the accomplishment of our mission, including the establishment and implementation of the goals and strategies presented in our Strategic Plan.

  • Promote the fair and impartial administration of justice, adhering to the highest ethical, professional and performance standards;
  • Promote a motivated and diverse workforce that is well-trained, empowered, and equipped to perform the mission of the Office;
  • Prosecute Federal and local crime;
  • Represent the interests of the United States in defensive and affirmative civil litigation;
  • Coordinate with Federal and local law enforcement agencies;
  • Form effective partnerships with law enforcement agencies, other governmental and private entities, and the community at large in aid of law enforcement;
  • Prioritize law enforcement objectives, taking into account the needs of the various constituencies served;
  • Improve the effectiveness of the law through legislation and litigation;
  • Protect the rights of victims of crime and witnesses;
  • Improve community safety by reducing crime and the fear of crime;
  • Assist in the prevention of crime by engaging in community service activities and by serving as a catalyst and coordinator for other Federal and local governmental agencies and private entities involved in improving the quality of life in the District of Columbia; and
  • Inspire confidence in the criminal justice system.
Updated June 4, 2019