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Recent Press Releases

NDAA Pushes Congress on Anti-Sex Trafficking Legislation
NDAA continues to put pressure on Congress to pass legislation aimed at holding companies accountable for allowing sex trafficking and other illicit activity to occur on their websites, such as Backpage.com. The Hill recently published an op-ed from NDAA urging Congress to pass the Stop Enabling Sex Traffickers Act of 2017. Read that op-ed here

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NDAA Publishes Article on Officer Involved Shooting and Use of Force Protocols
The National District Attorneys Association is partnering with Route Fifty to highlight issues facing state and local prosecutors across the country. The publication goes to thousands of state and local government officials and stakeholders, and each guest article is written by a subject matter expert in the field.

The next article in the series, written by Maricopa County, AZ Attorney Bill Montgomery, focuses on the need for a formal written "Officer Involved Shooting and Use of Force Protocol" to assist prosecutors in addressing a critical incident. The latest article can be found here.

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NDAA Elects New Association President at Annual Summer Meeting

On Sunday, July 16, the National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) elected its new leadership for a one year term. Hennepin County Attorney (MN) Michael Freeman was elected as the new President of the association, while District Attorney Jonathan Blodgett from Essex County, MA was elected as the President-Elect. Immediate Past President Michael Ramos was named the association’s Chairman of the Board. A press release was issued announcing the full Executive Committee for the coming year and can be found here.

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NDAA Supports Legislation to End Human Trafficking on the Road
In early July, the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee held a hearing on transportation and its nexus with human trafficking. As part of that hearing, Chairman Thune (R-SD), Ranking Member Nelson (D-FL) and Senator Klobuchar (D-MN) introduced the No Human Trafficking on Our Roads Act, which would ban for life an individual's commercial driver's license if convicted of using a commercial motor vehicle to commit a human trafficking felony. NDAA issued a support letter for that legislation that can be found here

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Article Series on Issues Impacting Prosecutors in the Field
NDAA is partnering with the Route Fifty series to highlight criminal justice issues facing prosecutors in the field. The latest article focuses on the prosecution of human trafficking cases. The entire series and all future articles can be found here

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NDAA Statement on DOJ Senior
Forensic Science Advisor Appointment

NDAA released a statement in support of the nomination of Ted Hunt to be the new Senior Forensic Science Advisor at the Department of Justice.
Read the full statement here.

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NDAA Issues Statement on AG Sessions Memo to Federal Prosecutors on Charging and Sentencing Guidelines
On Friday, May 12, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a memo to all federal prosecutors updating the Department of Justice's charging and sentencing guidelines. NDAA issued a press release regarding that memo.
Read more here
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National District Attorneys Association issues statement on appointment of District Attorney Steve Marshall as Alabama AG
ARLINGTON, Virginia — The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) was pleased to learn that earlier today Alabama Governor Robert Bentley appointed Marshall County District Attorney Steve Marshall to be the next Attorney General for the state of Alabama. Marshall steps into that role after the Governor appointed Alabama Attorney General Luther Strange to serve the as the next Senator from the state in the United States Senate.
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NDAA Endorses Senator Jeff Sessions for United States Attorney General
On November 18 NDAA President Mike Ramos, San Bernardino County District Attorney, announced the support of the NDAA for the nomination of Senator Jeff Sessions to be the next U.S. Attorney General. Citing his experience not only as a Senator but also as a state and federal prosecutor, the organization felt that he is uniquely qualified to hold this position.
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NDAA Letter to President on PCAST Report
In an effort to respond to the report issued by the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) entitled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature-Comparison Methods", NDAA developed a formal response letter to President Obama highlighting disagreement with much of the advisory body's findings and determination of scientific validity.

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National District Attorneys Association issues statement regarding passing of former Attorney General Janet Reno
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NDAA Leads Effort with IACP and MCC to Pass Forensics Legislation in Lame Duck
On October 11, NDAA, along with the International Association of Chiefs of Police (IACP) and the Major Cities Chiefs Association (MCCA), sent a letter to House leadership calling for the swift passage of the Justice for All Reauthorization Act of 2016 and the Rapid DNA Act of 2015 during the lame duck session of Congress. The three groups believe that the bills should be moved separate from any broader criminal justice reform package. To read the full letter, click here.

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NDAA Statement
at Recent PCAST Meeting

This past Friday, NDAA's Executive Director, Kay Chopard Cohen, read the attached statement during the public comment period of the most recent meeting of the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The statement is in response to the release of the PCAST report entitled "Forensic Science in Criminal Courts: Ensuring Scientific Validity of Feature Comparison Methods". For any questions, please contact NDAA's Nelson Bunn.

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National District Attorneys Association slams President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology report
Yesterday, the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) voted to release a report highly critical of forensic science and questioning the scientific validity of several disciplines. The report further calls for prosecutors to not seek to admit evidence within these disciplines into court and for judges to not allow it. NDAA strongly opposes this report and the irresponsible move by PCAST. NDAA's statement regarding that vote can be found HERE

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Cyrus Vance Interview
on Smartphone Encryption

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr was recently interviewed by Fox News to discuss the smartphone encryption issue and its impact on victims of crime. Watch interview

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US Attorney General Loretta Lynch Addresses NDAA Capital Conference
Washington, DC • United States 
Tuesday, February 2, 2016
Read it here

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Police Chiefs and Prosecutors Join Together to Seek Lawful Access to Encrypted Communications
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February 10, 2016
Dold and Nerheim: New Technology Can Help Solve Crimes
A joint commentary submission by:
Bob Dold, Congressman, 10th Congressional District of Illinois
Michael Nerheim, Lake County State’s Attorney

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For Immediate Release - Oct. 28, 2015
National Meeting Focuses on New Strategies to Prosecute, Prevent Domestic Violence
NDAA Calls for National Strategy on Domestic Violence Cases The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA), along with San Diego County District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis, called for a national strategy on the prosecution of domestic violence this morning as they welcomed participants at a National Symposium on the Prosecution of Domestic Violence Cases. The meeting is being held in San Diego over the next two days. The event is co-sponsored by the San Diego District Attorney’s Office, Alliance for HOPE International, the International Association of Chiefs of Police, National Association of Prosecutor Coordinators, National Congress of American Indians and the National Sheriff’s Association.
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The Impact of Body-Worn Cameras on a Prosecutor
September 10, 2015
By Kay Chopard Cohen
Executive Director
National District Attorneys Association
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