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Los Angeles and New York Prosecutors Join Association of Prosecuting Attorneys Board of Directors
August 28, 2014 (WASHINGTON, DC) – Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and New York County District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. have joined the Board of Directors for the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA). Click here to read the full press release.
9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety
The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), in partnership with the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) and the Center for Court Innovation (CCI), will host the 9th National Prosecution Summit: Innovative Prosecution and Community Safety from September 22-24, 2014 in Dallas, TX. The summit and lodging will take place at the Adolphus Hotel.  **Please click here to register.**

To view the draft agenda click here.  Further details regarding the summit agenda will follow. 

Seats are limited. Click here to reserve your hotel room today.

 Current News

District attorney plans changes to witness payment policy
LAS VEGAS -- Clark County District Attorney Steve Wolfson said today he is announcing changes to ensure transparency when the office's Victim/Witness Assistance Fund is used. Over the last decade, the district attorney’s office has prosecuted about 500,000 cases and tapped the fund only 56 times.  “Though the fund has been little used, it has been helpful in ensuring that victims and witnesses in violent criminal cases such as murders, sexual assaults and domestic violence have the ability to attend court proceedings so that criminals can be put behind bars,” Wolfson said.

Hate Crime Laws: What the Amish Beard Cutting Case Means for the Rest of Us
In the fall of 2011, 16 members (10 men and six women) of a breakaway Amish community in eastern Ohio executed five beard-cutting attacks on Amish people in other communities at night and by ambush over an eight-week period. The 16 defendants were convicted of federal hate crimes as well as lying to the FBI and obstructing justice. The US government built its case on the 2009 Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr., Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Under this statute hate crimes occur when an assailant attacks a person because of his or her gender, sexual orientation, disability, race, ethnicity or religion.

Montco DA’s Office Acquires High Tech Tool To Help Protect Crime Fighting Officers
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office now has a high tech tool in its crime fighting arsenal designed to save the lives of law enforcement officers across the county. In a hostage or crisis situation many times police need to assess the situation but don’t want to get too close fearing their safety. WM Robots of Colmar has donated a $100,000 mobile robot to the DA’s office for use by the county’s eight SWAT teams.
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The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys provides 24/7 technical assistance and professional case consultation to prosecutors. Please submit requests to the following email and you will be contacted within 24 hours: info@apainc.org

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APA was incorporated to act as a global forum for the exchange of ideas, allow prosecutors to collaborate with all criminal justice partners, conduct timely and effective technical assistance and provide access to technology for the enhancement of the prosecutorial function.

In addition, APA will serve as a model organization and an advocate for prosecutors on emerging issues related to the administration of justice.

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