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Department Of Justice Recognizes Two U.S. Attorney's Office Employees

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Western District of North Carolina

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – U.S. Attorney Dena J. King announced that two U.S. Attorney’s Office employees were among the 159 members of the Justice Department recognized by Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco, and Executive Office for U.S. Attorneys (EOUSA) Director Monty Wilkinson at the 38th Director’s Awards Ceremony yesterday in Washington, D.C.

The Western District of North Carolina was one of 31 districts represented at the ceremony which was held in the Great Hall at the Robert F. Kennedy Department of Justice Building.

Fred Hudson was recognized for his exemplary work as the Western District’s Law Enforcement Coordinator (LEC). As an LEC, Mr. Hudson has spent years cultivating relationships with federal, state, and local law enforcement, coordinating law enforcement officer training, and assisting partner agencies with federal grant opportunities. For over 18 years, Mr. Hudson has also spearheaded the Office’s community outreach efforts by fostering relationships with community organizations, schools, service providers, and other important stakeholders, and organizing events and engagement opportunities that advance Department of Justice priorities.

Lia Bantavani was recognized for her work as the Office’s Public Information Officer. In that capacity, Ms. Bantavani handles the Office’s communications with the media and the public, drafts and disseminates press releases, responds to media inquiries and coordinates media interviews. In addition, Ms. Bantavani maintains the Offices’ website and social media accounts, and assists with amplifying the Office’s outreach efforts and Department of Justice initiatives through targeted campaigns that promote public safety.

“I am honored and delighted that Fred and Lia were recognized for their achievements and contributions to furthering the mission of the Justice Department. This well-deserved award speaks to their dedication, hard work and professionalism. Fred and Lia are dedicated public servants who embody our ongoing commitment to serve our communities and further the cause of justice,” said U.S. Attorney King.

EOUSA provides oversight, general executive assistance, and direction to the 94 United States Attorneys’ offices around the country. For more information on EOUSA and its mission, visit

Updated May 4, 2023

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