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Department of Justice
U.S. Attorney’s Office
Eastern District of New York

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, January 5, 2018

Attorney General Jeff Sessions Selects Eastern District of New York to Receive Two New Assistant United States Attorney Positions to Combat Violent Crime

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has selected the Eastern District of New York to receive additional resources for the fight against violent crime.  The district will receive two additional Assistant U.S. Attorney positions to focus exclusively on violent crime, two of 40 new federal prosecutors in 27 selected locations throughout the United States.

 

“Led by our 94 United States Attorney’s Offices, Project Safe Neighborhoods (PSN) task forces are hitting the streets across America to apprehend and bring violent criminals to justice,” stated United States Attorney General Sessions.  “I have asked Congress for additional PSN funding because I believe nothing will be more effective at reducing violent crime.  “Under this program, I am asking a great deal of our United States Attorneys.  I am both empowering them and holding them accountable for results.  To put them in the best position to impact and reduce violent crime, it is my privilege to announce that through a re-allocation of resources, we will be enlisting and deploying 40 additional violent crime prosecutors across the United States.”

 

“The provision of additional Assistant U.S. Attorney positions reflects the commitment of the Department of Justice to reduce violent crime by identifying and prosecuting gang members whose destructive conduct endangers residents of our District,” stated United States Attorney Donoghue. “Using every law enforcement resource available, this Office and the FBI’s Long Island Gang Task Force will continue to work tirelessly to make our communities safer by bringing to justice those violent criminals who show no regard for human life.”

 

The two additional federal prosecutors will enhance the Office’s ability to prosecute violent crimes committed by members and associates of La Mara Salvatrucha, also known as the MS-13, a transnational criminal organization, with the objective of continuing and increasing the Office’s efforts to dismantle and incapacitate the MS-13 within the Eastern District of New York and beyond.  The prosecutors will also focus on other violent gangs such as the Crips, Bloods, Latin Kings, 18th Street gang, Salvadorans with Pride, and Outlaw motorcycle gangs, all of which have a significant presence in the District. 

 

More information on the locations of those 40 Assistant United States Attorneys and violent crime task forces is below:

 

AUSA Breakdown by District

Northern District of Alabama: 1
Eastern District of Arkansas: 1
Northern District of California: 2
Southern District of California: 1
District of Connecticut: 1
District of Columbia: 1
Central District of Illinois: 1
Northern District of Illinois: 3
Southern District of Indiana: 1
Eastern District of Louisiana: 1
District of Maryland: 3
Western District of Michigan: 1
Eastern District of Missouri: 2
Western District of Missouri: 1
District of Nevada: 2
District of New Mexico: 1
Eastern District of New York: 2
Western District of New York: 1
Northern District of Ohio: 2
Eastern District of Pennsylvania: 1
Middle District of Tennessee: 2
Western District of Tennessee: 2
Eastern District of Texas: 1
Northern District of Texas: 1
Southern District of Texas: 2
Western District of Texas: 1
Eastern District of Wisconsin: 2

Topic(s): 
Project Safe Neighborhoods
Contact: 
John Marzulli Tyler Daniels United States Attorney’s Office (718) 254-6323
Updated January 5, 2018