Justice Department sends 6 new prosecutors to Puerto Rico
SAN JUAN – U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions and U.S. Attorney for the District of Puerto Rico Rosa Emlia Rodríguez Vélez announced that the Justice Department is going to increase resources to combat violent crime, enforce immigration laws and help fight the opioid crisis.
The Justice Department is allocating 311 new assistant U.S. attorneys, broken down as follows: 190 violent-crime prosecutors, 86 civil enforcement prosecutors and 35 immigration prosecutors. Many of the civil enforcement prosecutors will support the newly created Prescription Interdiction & Litigation Task Force, which “targets the opioid crisis at every level of the distribution system,” the announcement reads.
“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,” Sessions says in the release.
In Puerto Rico, five of these assistant attorneys will focus on violent crime, and one on civil enforcement.
“The Department of Justice has recognized, through the allocation of these positions, the significance of the violent crime problem on our island. They have also shown great confidence in our Office by placing these valuable department resources in a place where they are both desperately needed and greatly appreciated,” Rodríguez Vélez added in the joint release.