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.
OPIOID AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
Opioid and prescription drug abuse have become America's fastest-growing drug problem. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), overdose deaths involving prescription opioids have quadrupled since 1999, and the most common drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths include Methadone, OxyContin, and Vicodin. Misuse and abuse are also potential dangers. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), everyday, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids. In 2014, nearly 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids.
- Get Smart About Drugs. A DEA resource for parents, educators and caregivers.
- Just Think Twice. Get the facts about drugs from the DEA.
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.
- NetSmartzWorkshop is an educational program that teaches children 5-17 about online safety and digital citizenship. NetSmartz offers free, interactive, educational, age-appropriate resources to help youth learn how to protect themselves and their friends online.
- NetSmartz411 is an online resource for parents' and guardians' for answering questions about internet safety.
- Project iGuardian helps kids, teens and parents to be smart about online safety and stay safe from online sexual predators.
- 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.
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.