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Community Outreach

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.

 

HATE CRIMES

Combatting hate crimes is one of the Department of Justice’s highest priorities. The Department of Justice combats hate crimes through prevention, education, outreach, data collection, and support for state, local, and tribal law enforcement. Learn more at https://www.justice.gov/hatecrimes.

 

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.

 

Featured Video: Chasing the Dragon: The Life of an Opiate Addict

Chasing the Dragon

 

INTERNET SAFETY

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.
  • NetSmartz 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

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.

Faces of Human Trafficking

 

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:

 

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 fairhousing@usdoj.gov
https://www.justice.gov/crt/sexual-harassment-housing-initiative-how-report

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 fairhousing@usdoj.gov   
https://www.justice.gov/crt-espanol/iniciativa-en-contra-del-acoso-sexual-en-la-vivienda-c-mo-presentar-una-denuncia

You should never have to choose between housing and sexual harassment.

 

Featured Public Service Announcement:

 

IDENTITY THEFT

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:

 

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Updated April 27, 2020

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