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Department of Justice Overview

September 27, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden and Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli discuss the mission and history of The Department of Justice.

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Public Service & The Department of Justice

September 27, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder, Deputy Attorney General David W. Ogden and Associate Attorney General Tom Perelli speak about the public servants who have dedicated their lives to the cause of justice.

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The Attorney General

September 27, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder discusses his role at the Department of Justice, the responsibilities of his office and what he hopes to achieve during his tenure as Attorney General.

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The Associate Attorney General

September 27, 2009

Associate Attorney General Tom Perrelli talks about his work for The Department of Justice and the unique responsibilities of the Associate Attorney General.

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Ending Domestic Violence: Casa de Esperanza

October 26, 2009

At the Justice Department's Domestic Violence Awareness Month event, Rosie Hidalgo, the Director of Public Policy at Casa de Esperanza, an organization that works both locally and nationally to support families, end domestic violence, and increase access to effective services for Latinas across the country discusses the role her organization has played in ending domestic violence, the challenges Casa de Esperanza faces, and the ways the Violence Against Women Act has made a difference in the lives of Latinas.

Ending Domestic Violence: Crazy Love

October 28, 2009

Leslie Morgan Steiner is a writer and an advocate for victims of domestic violence. At the Justice Department�s Domestic Violence Awareness Month event she shared her story, inspiring us with her strength and grace. She reminds in order to put an end to the violence we must speak out for, as Leslie says, "abuse only thrives in silence."

Attorney General Eric Holder Press Conference

October 28, 2009

Attorney General Eric Holder's statement at a press conference, November 13, 2009. She reminds in order to put an end to the violence we must speak out for, as Leslie says, "abuse only thrives in silence.


The Attorney General's Progress Report to the American People

January 27, 2010

Attorney General Eric Holder reports on progress made at the Department of Justice in 2009 and plans for 2010.

Attorney General Eric Holder Speaks at the Operation Stolen Dreams Press Conference

June 17, 2010

National Prescription Drug Take Back Day

September 8, 2010

It Gets Better

December 9, 2010

The DOJ's Civil Rights Division addresses the recent bullying and harassment of LGBT youth, and those who do not conform to gender stereotypes. The video includes personal stories from Division staff, and explains the Division�s authority under federal law to protect students from harassment at school because of their race, national origin, disability, religion, and sex, including harassment based on gender stereotypes. Visit for more information.

Attorney General Holder Speaks On Attorney General Kennedy

February 11, 2011

At the 50th Anniversary of the Installation of Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General, Attorney General Holder calls for the Justice Department � and all Americans -- to carry forward the legacy and lessons of who a man he calls the �best" Attorney General in history and his inspiration since his days growing up in the 1960s, glued to his black-and-white television and watching RFK�s fight for justice in real time.

Robert F. Kennedy's Oldest Daughter Returns to the DOJ

February 11, 2011

At the 50th Anniversary of the Installation of Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General, Kathleen Kennedy Townsend � RFK's oldest daughter and the former Lt. Governor of Maryland � reflects on her childhood running the halls of the DOJ and praying every night that her father would be the "best Attorney General ever." And she issues a call to action toward a future in which his ideals live on.

Civil Rights Leaders Reflect on Robert F. Kennedy

February 11, 2011

At the 50th Anniversary of the Installation of Robert F. Kennedy as Attorney General, Former RFK Public Affairs Officer Jack Rosenthal; Congressman John Lewis; Former RFK Administrative Assistant John Seigenthaler; Former Civil Rights Division Assistant Attorney General John Doar; and Charleyne Hunter-Gault, the journalist and first African-American to enter the University of Georgia, gather for an historic panel to reflect on the legacy � and particularly the civil rights legacy � of Attorney General Kennedy.

Attorney General Holder's Public Service Announcement on Defending Childhood

May 24, 2011

A Message from Attorney General Eric Holder on the 10th Anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.

September 8, 2011

Eric H. Holder, Jr., Attorney General, United States of America

October 14, 2011

President Barack Obama announced his intention to nominate Eric H. Holder, Jr. as the 82nd Attorney General of the United States on December 1, 2008. He was sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on February 3, 2009. Holder was named by President Clinton to be the Deputy Attorney General in 1997, becoming the first African American named to the post. Prior to that, he served as U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia. Holder was nominated by President Reagan to become an Associate Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia in 1988. As a student at Columbia Law School, he clerked at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund and the DOJ's Criminal Division. Upon graduating, he moved to Washington and joined the DOJ as part of the Attorney General's Honors Program. He was assigned to the newly formed Public Integrity Section in 1976 and was tasked to investigate and prosecute official corruption on the local, state, and federal levels.

Thomas J. Perrelli, Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice

October 14, 2011

Thomas Perrelli was sworn in on March 12, 2009, as the Associate Attorney General of the U.S. Department of Justice. Perrelli previously served in the depart­ment as Counsel to Attorney General Janet Reno (1997–1999) and as Deputy Assis­tant Attorney General in heading up the Civil Division's Federal Programs Branch (1999–2001). In private practice, Perrelli worked for the national litigation firm of Jenner & Block LLP, where he co-chaired the firm's Entertainment and New Media practice group and served as managing partner of its Washington, D.C., office (1992–1997, 2001–2009). He served as a law clerk for Hon. Royce C. Lamberth on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia (1991–1992). Perrelli graduated from Brown University and the Harvard Law School, where he was managing editor of the Harvard Law Review.

Sheriff Susan E. Rahr, King County (WA) Sheriff's Office

October 14, 2011

Sheriff Rahr has spent 31 years with the King County Sheriff's Department, rising through the ranks to become the first woman Sheriff in King County's history. Elected Sheriff in 2005, she was awarded Elected Official of the Year by the Municipal League in 2010 and has become a national leader on procedural justice.

Gregory J. Boyle, Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Homeboy Industries

October 14, 2011

Gregory J. Boyle, an ordained Jesuit priest, is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Homeboy Industries. Known as Father G by the homeboys/homegirls, Homeboy Industries traces its roots to "Jobs For A Future" (JFF), a program created by Boyle while serving as pastor of the Dolores Mission parish. In an effort to address the escalating problems and unmet needs of gang-involved youth, Boyle and the community developed positive alternatives, including an elementary school and a day care program and finding legitimate employment for young people. JFF's success demonstrated the model followed today that many gang members are eager to leave the dangerous and destructive life on the "streets." In 2009 the Los Angeles Headquarters Association honored Boyle as one of the city's leading visionaries responsible for changing the face of Los Angeles.

Kenneth R. Feinberg, Administrator, Gulf Coast Claims Facility

October 14, 2011

Kenneth R. Feinberg was designated by the Obama Administration and British Petroleum to serve as Administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in 2010. He was appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury in 2009 to serve as the Special Master for Troubled Asset Relief Program Executive Compensation. In this capacity, he was responsible for determining annual compensation packages for senior corporate officials at companies that received the most taxpayer financial assistance. He was also appointed by the Attorney General of the United States to serve as the Special Master of the Federal September 11th Victim Compensation Fund of 2001. Feinberg is an attorney and one of the nation's leading experts in mediation and alternative dispute resolution and is the managing partner of Feinberg Rozen, LLP.

Bernard K. Melekian, Director, COPS Office

October 14, 2011

Bernard Melekian is the Director of the U.S. Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), elected by Attorney General Eric Holder on October 5, 2009. As Director of the COPS Office, Melekian leads an organization responsible for working closely with the nation's state, local, and tribal law enforcement agencies to enhance the safety of our communities by advancing com­munity policing. Melekian is committed to using COPS Office programs and resources to help law enforcement build relationships and solve problems, which are the basic building blocks of community policing. Melekian was the police chief for the City of Pasadena, California, for more than 13 years before assuming leadership of the COPS Office. Prior to that he served with the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Barbara County Sheriff's Office for 23 years. While serv­ing with Santa Monica Police Department, he was awarded the Medal of Valor in 1978 and the Medal of Courage in 1980.

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