United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez, Administrative Officer Jeff Hahn, Officer Manager/IT Specialist Joey Chigro, and Assistant U.S. Attorney Ilianys Rivera Miranda were among the 162 members of the Department recognized by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director James Crowell, IV at the 34th Director’s Awards Ceremony in Washington D.C.
U.S. Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez received the award for Superior Performance By A Litigative Team for her work while detailed to the United States Embassy in Mexico City. Ms. Chapa Lopez and her colleagues demonstrated extraordinary persistence and commitment to the rule of law while successfully investigating and prosecuting members of the Los Zetas cartel who brutally murdered United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Special Agent Jaime Zapata and wounded ICE Special Agent Victor Avila in February 2011, during an attempted carjacking in Mexico.
Jeff Hahn, Joey Chigro, and Ilianys Rivera Miranda received the award for Superior Performance By An Administrative Team for their work in coordinating and implementing emergency response efforts to the District of Puerto Rico and the District of the Virgin Islands in an effort to ensure these districts were operational in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria.
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