United States Attorney Brendan Johnson Issues 2012 Annual Report
United States Attorney Brendan V. Johnson announced the release of the 2012 Annual Report for the District of South Dakota. The report highlights the work and accomplishments of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for calendar year 2012.
An area of increased emphasis in 2012 was human trafficking. There has been a concerted effort with law enforcement partners to identify these crimes and to aggressively prosecute the offenders engaged in both the supply and demand side of commercial sex trafficking. The annual report outlines the successful work on some key cases.
Additionally, the report highlights the work in other high priority areas, such as ongoing efforts to make tribal communities safer. Over the past four years, these efforts have led to a 131% increase in prosecutions on the Rosebud Sioux Indian reservation and an increase of 82% on Pine Ridge.
“I’m proud to work with a staff of dedicated professionals who are committed to delivering justice, prosecuting criminals, and making our state a safer place to live,” said Johnson. “The accomplishments summarized in this report are the result of the hard work of my staff and the federal, state and local agencies that are vital to our joint success.”
The report also highlights the enhanced community outreach efforts, progress in the areas of victim’s rights and advocacy, and a description of the work performed by the Civil and Appellate Divisions.