Statement of Karl A. Racine
Attorney General for the District of Columbia

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) has launched a Special Victims Unit (SVU) to focus on prosecuting crimes against some of the most vulnerable people in the District: sexual assault victims, young children, elders, people with disabilities, and children at risk for human trafficking.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine has won a victory in federal court against United States Education Secretary Betsy DeVos after challenging the U.S. Department of Education’s (ED) plan to abandon federal protections for students cheated by predatory, for-profit schools.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine announced today that he has appointed experienced manager and education advocate Lisa Raymond as Chief of Staff for the Office of the Attorney General (OAG).

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced a lawsuit against a group of auto repair and sales businesses located in Ward 5 for repeatedly spilling toxic oil onto neighborhood sidewalks and streets, the culmination of a pattern of environmental violations spanning a decade.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today led a coalition of 15 states and the District of Columbia in a friend-of-the-court brief in a United States Supreme Court case that could make it more difficult for police to do their jobs.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today sent letters to 19 building owners and managers of 33 residential apartment buildings in the District seeking answers about short-term rentals being offered alongside long-term leases.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced multiple actions against several residential and commercial property owners to end concentrated drug- and firearm-related activity taking place at their buildings.

OAG will be presenting awards to 36 District youth, ranging in age from 12 to 24, to honor their remarkable achievements.

Attorney General Karl A. Racine today announced a lawsuit against Power Design, Inc., a national electrical contractor, for failing to classify hundreds of its workers as employees and cheating them out of wages and benefits.