BOSTON ( Associated Press) — Chasing cases of human, drug and gun trafficking and having a visible presence in the community will be one of the new U.S. attorneys for Massachusetts Rachel Rollins as she takes over as the top federal prosecutor in the state, he said. Thursday.
Boston Democrat, who became the first black woman to hold the role when she was sworn in on Mondaysaid she wants her office to work closely with state and local officials on trafficking and other violent crimes that have a “profound impact” on local communities.
“It’s a unique opportunity for the federal government to come together and get harsher punishment for the individuals who cause harm,” Rollins said in a roundtable with reporters in his office on the Boston federal courthouse.
The 50-year-old former Suffolk County District Attorney also stressed that her new role, which includes overseeing more than 250 employees at three locations, is inherently different from her previous job as an elected district attorney.
Rollins, who was the first woman of color to serve as a district attorney in Massachusetts, gained national attention for her progressive approach to criminal justice. He declined to prosecute a number of low-level offenses often linked to drug addiction and mental health issues, such as trespassing, shoplifting, disorderly conduct, and breach of the peace.
“As an American lawyer, there is no listing, full stop,” Rollins said. “We want to prioritize the things that the Attorney General of the United States prioritizes.”
At the same time, she said, she intends to continue her efforts to allay the suspicions of some law enforcement.
“We can do a lot for communities if we ask them what they need and what they’re expecting,” Rollins said.
He also reflected on the violent and racist threats The position she has been facing since she was nominated, insisted that she not take the job if she didn’t think she and her family were safe.
“I don’t mind criticism of what I’ve done or who I am, but when things go to a place where it’s racist or bigoted or sexist or clearly threatens the safety of me or my three little girls.” So it’s also a bridge. Away,” Rollins said.
She was more circumspect on some high profile cases, which she inherited from the huge college admission bribery case. The Justice Department’s “China Initiative” crackdown on Chinese economic espionage, which was a major priority of his predecessor but has recently come under scrutiny., As for those and other specific issues, Rollins mostly said he needed to find out more.
Rollins was narrowly confirmed Last month, the US Senate cast a casting vote by Vice President Kamala Harris.
She earned a law degree from Northeastern University in Boston and was a prosecutor in office from 2007 to 2011.
Rollins also previously served as legal counsel for several public agencies, including the Massachusetts Port Authority, the State Department of Transportation, and the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority.