October 2020 Newsletter

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October 2020 Newsletter  | Volume 5, Issue 9

Dear Friends:

Every year, the District Attorney’s Office prosecutes thousands of domestic violence cases and helps victims seeking assistance. We make these victims’ safety paramount as we work to achieve justice for them.

The District Attorney’s Office also makes it a priority every October to recognize National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. During this important month, we show solidarity with domestic violence service providers and the thousands of victims who seek their assistance.

Domestic violence is one of the most destructive crimes facing our society. The damaging effects of abuse among spouses, family members and people in intimate relationships are long-lasting.


This National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, I encourage you to join us as we work to stop the cycle of violence that domestic abuse perpetuates.

I ask that you find ways to support your community’s shelters and service providers.

If you are a victim of domestic violence in need of assistance, please call the county’s Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-978-3600. I also encourage you to download my office’s pamphlet, which lists resources to help victims.


Jackie Lacey
Los Angeles County District Attorney

Motel Agrees to Curb Sex Trafficking After Nuisance Lawsuit

A Pomona motel agreed to curtail prostitution and human trafficking on its premises after it reached a settlement in a lawsuit filed with the District Attorney’s Office.

This was the first time the office used California consumer protection laws to confront human sex trafficking in Los Angeles County.

“This settlement makes it more difficult for human traffickers to conduct their illegal enterprises in Los Angeles County,” District Attorney Lacey announced on Sept. 4.

“It also serves as a warning to property owners that as we shut down human trafficking operations, we will hold accountable the people who silently gave refuge to these criminals, disregarding their victims and benefiting financially from these crimes,” she added. Click here to read more.


Richard Dooley knew the law needed to change.

The deputy district attorney had just rejected a request from the family of a child molestation victim seeking a temporary work visa.

The District Attorney’s Office reviews more than 500 such requests each year. Crime victims may apply for visas to remain and work temporarily in the United States if they have cooperated in the investigation and prosecution of the crimes against them.

But this request was different: The child molester was a juvenile. Click here to read more.


District Attorney Jackie Lacey established the office’s Notario Fraud Unit in 2017 to prosecute criminals who target immigrant communities. Watch this video to learn more.


The District Attorney is an elected county official responsible for prosecuting crime and safeguarding crime victims. To learn more, watch this video.