The U.S. Attorney’s Office engages in a number of community outreach opportunities in order to establish an ongoing dialogue with the public we serve. By providing speakers, organizing and attending meetings, and planning or participating in specialized programs and events, we are better able to address the public safety concerns of those we serve while enhancing community trust.
PROJECT LEAD (Legal Enrichment and Decision Making Program)
Project LEAD is an initiative that integrates Assistant U.S. Attorneys and law enforcement with public schools to provide an eight-week instructional program. Project LEAD teaches fifth grade students that the choices they make today can affect their lives forever. The program also serves as an informal mentoring program where students are encouraged to reach high for their goals.
Combatting hate crimes is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. In this effort to fight bias and hate, the DOJ created a website as a centralized portal for all its hate crimes resources for law enforcement, media, researchers, victims, advocacy groups, and other interested organizations and individuals. Use these resources to learn more about hate crimes, encourage hate crime reporting, and make America safer for all. For more information, visit https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.
Learn how to get help now or report a hate crime, visit https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes/get-help-now. Information available in: Traditional Chinese, Simplified Chinese, Vietnamese, Korean, Japanese, Tagalog, and Arabic.
OPIOID AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Opioid and prescription drug abuse have become America's fastest-growing drug problem. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), from 1999–2019, nearly 500,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids. The number of drug overdose deaths has quadrupled since 1999, and over 70% of the 70,630 deaths in 2019 involved an opioid.
- Get Smart About Drugs is a DEA resource for parents, educators and caregivers.
Featured Video: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict
The U.S. Attorney's Office aims to protect children online and to empower parents to have a strong understanding of digital platforms.
- NetSmartz is an interactive educational program from the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC). The NetSmartz program offers age-appropriate resources to help teach children how to be safer on- and offline. The program is designed for children ages 5-17, parents and guardians, educators, and law enforcement.
- Project iGuardian helps kids, teens and parents to be smart about online safety and stay safe from online sexual predators.
- Safe Online Surfing (SOS) Program is a free, educational program for children that teaches cyber safety and helps them become better digital citizens in a fun and engaging way. The program, created for students in third through eighth grades, covers age-appropriate topics like cyberbullying, passwords, malware, social media, and more. The website is available in both English and Spanish.
- Stop.Think.Connect Campaign is a national public awareness campaign aimed at increasing the understanding of cyber threats and empowering the American public to be safer and more secure online.
- Stop.Think.Connect. Social Media Guide provides tips for parents and students on how to protect themselves on social media and includes many resources available to them. The Social Media Guide explains the cyber risks kids face when using social media and provides tips for talking to your kids about these risks.
If your child is a victim or to report child sexual exploitation, call the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children at 1-800-THE-LOST (843-5678).
Human trafficking is a crime that involves exploiting a person for labor, services, or commercial sex. Sex trafficking in which a commercial sex act is induced by force, fraud, or coercion, or in which the person induced to perform such act has not attained 18 years of age; or the recruitment, harboring, transportation, provision, or obtaining of a person for labor or services, through the use of force, fraud, or coercion for the purpose of subjection to involuntary servitude, peonage, debt bondage, or slavery.
If you or someone you know is a victim of human trafficking, call the confidential, 24/7, toll-free National Human Trafficking Hotline at 1-888-373-7888 or text "Help" or "Info" to BeFree (233733).
Featured Video Series: Faces of Human Trafficking
The 9-part series is intended to be used for outreach and education efforts of service providers, law enforcement, prosecutors, and others in the community. The series includes information about sex and labor trafficking, multidisciplinary approaches to serving victims of human trafficking, effective victim services, victims' legal needs, and voices of survivors. Accompanying the video series is a discussion guide, four Office for Victims of Crime Fact Sheets, and four posters that can be used to augment trainings and generate discussion.
ELDER JUSTICE INITIATIVE
The mission of the Elder Justice Initiative is to support and coordinate the Department’s enforcement and programmatic efforts to combat elder abuse, neglect and financial fraud and scams that target our nation’s seniors. We engage in this work by focusing on the following mission areas:
- Building Federal, State & Local Capacity to Fight Elder Abuse
- Promoting Justice for Older Americans
- Supporting Research to Improve Elder Abuse Policy and Practice
- Helping Older Victims & Their Families
For more information about the Department of Justice's Elder Justice Initiative, visit https://www.justice.gov/elderjustice.
Featured Public Service Announcement:
- The Oak Ridge Boys, the US Justice Dept., and AARP Have Teamed Up to Fight Fraud. PSA raises awareness about reporting scams and fraud.
SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN HOUSING INITIATIVE
The Sexual Harassment in Housing Initiative is an effort to combat sexual harassment in housing. The goal of the Initiative is to address sexual harassment by landlords, property managers, maintenance workers, loan officers or other people who have control over housing.
Sexual harassment in housing is illegal. If you or someone you know has been a victim, please call 1-844-380-6178 or email email@example.com
El Departamento de Justicia lanza una campaña de concientización pública con víctimas de acoso sexual en vivienda.
El acoso sexual en la vivienda es ilegal. Si usted o alguien que conoce ha sido víctima, por favor llame al 1-844-380-6178 o envíe un correo electrónico a firstname.lastname@example.org
Featured Public Service Announcement:
- Sexual Harassment in Housing Is Illegal. Justice Department launches public awareness campaign with victims of sexual harassment in housing.
Identity theft refers to all types of crime in which someone wrongfully obtains and uses another person's personal data in some way that involves fraud or deception, typically for economic gain.
Anyone who believes that they have been a victim of identity theft, or wants information about preventing identity theft, may obtain helpful information and complaint forms by visiting:
- Federal Trade Commission: www.ftc.gov/idtheft and www.identitytheft.gov/
- Federal Bureau of Investigation: www.fbi.gov/scams-and-safety/common-fraud-schemes/identity-theft
- Internal Revenue Service: www.irs.gov/individuals/identity-protection
- Office for Victims of Crime: www.ojp.usdoj.gov/ovc/pubs/ID_theft/idtheft.html
- Social Security Administration: www.ssa.gov/pubs/10064.html
Featured Public Service Announcements:
- Health Care Identity Theft. Learn how to protect yourself from health care identity theft.
- Senior Identity Theft. Seniors are victims of identity theft every four minutes. This video teaches how to protect them.
- Child Identity Theft. Learn how to protect your child from identity theft.