The Fort Lauderdale branch office of the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Florida is staffed by approximately 58 employees, including 32 criminal and civil AUSAs, supported by administrative and support personnel. The Criminal Division of the Fort Lauderdale branch consists of three Sections: Economic Crimes, Narcotics/Special Prosecutions, and Organized Crime/Gangs. There are two asset forfeiture attorneys assigned to the Fort Lauderdale office. The asset forfeiture prosecutors assist the criminal prosecutors in criminal forfeiture cases and pursue separate civil forfeitures when appropriate. Their efforts result in the return of millions of dollars annually to the United States Treasury. The Fort Lauderdale office also includes one appellate attorney. In addition to briefing and arguing appeals in cases which arise throughout the Southern District, this attorney often acts as consultants on legal issues arising in investigations and trials being conducted by the office. The Fort Lauderdale Civil Division maintains a contingent of six general civil prosecutors, including its Deputy Chief in the Fort Lauderdale office. These attorneys represent the United States of America in affirmative and defensive civil litigation.