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District of Vermont

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Monday, June 4, 2018

ATTORNEY GENERAL SESSIONS ANNOUNCES 311 NEW ASSISTANT UNITED STATES ATTORNEY POSITIONS

Largest Increase in AUSAs in Decades Allocates 3 Prosecutors to the District of Vermont to Focus on Violent Crime, Civil Enforcement, and Immigration Crimes

May 17, 2018 – Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the District of Vermont Christina Nolan announced that the Department of Justice is taking a dramatic step to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce our immigration laws, and help roll back the devastating opioid crisis.

In the largest increase in decades, the Department of Justice is allocating 311 new Assistant United States Attorneys to assist in priority areas. Those allocations are as follows: 190 violent crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors, and 35 additional immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement AUSAs will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force which targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system.

"Under President Trump's strong leadership, the Department of Justice is going on offense against violent crime, illegal immigration, and the opioid crisis—and today we are sending in reinforcements," said Attorney General Jeff Sessions. "We have a saying in my office that a new federal prosecutor is 'the coin of the realm.' When we can eliminate wasteful spending, one of my first questions to my staff is if we can deploy more prosecutors to where they are needed. I have personally worked to re-purpose existing funds to support this critical mission, and as a former federal prosecutor myself, my expectations could not be higher. These exceptional and talented prosecutors are key leaders in our crime fighting partnership. This addition of new Assistant U.S. Attorney positions represents the largest increase in decades."

In the District of Vermont, which will receive three new AUSAs, one of these prosecutors will focus on violent crime, one on affirmative civil enforcement, and one on prosecuting immigration crimes. The allocation of an additional violent crime AUSA will permit the U.S. Attorney’s Office to place even greater emphasis on violent criminal conduct, such as homicides, arsons, robberies, and other criminality involving the use of firearms. In the civil enforcement arena, the additional AUSA position will allow federal prosecutors to bring powerful civil resources to bear on those who endeavor to obtain federal funds by fraudulent means. This increase in civil resources will also support Attorney General Sessions’ vision to combat the opiate epidemic in Vermont and across the country using the full range of criminal and civil enforcement tools against opioid over-prescribers and pill diverters. Finally, the addition of a position focused on immigration crime increases the District of Vermont’s capacity to protect the integrity of the northern border and prosecute those who enter or remain in the United States in violation of our nation’s immigration laws.

In response to the Attorney General’s announcement, U.S. Attorney Nolan noted: “We in Vermont are grateful to the Department for recognizing these areas of critical law enforcement need, and sending resources to our State so that we can address these needs efficiently and effectively. My office will make immediate use of this violent crime resource to target those whose criminal conduct strikes at the heart of Vermont’s safety and security. In addition, the allocation of a civil enforcement AUSA position is a clear call for us to continue to attack the opiate scourge in Vermont in a creative and comprehensive manner, with resort to all civil and criminal mechanisms at our disposal. As a state situated along the international border with Canada, Vermont prosecutors must combat unlawful border crossings and work to dismantle smuggling rings that import people and contraband into the country. The District of Vermont will use this criminal immigration AUSA position to do its part to ensure the security of our nation and preserve the integrity of our border and immigration laws.

To see more information on the locations of the 311 Assistant United States Attorney positions click here.

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Updated June 4, 2018