Happy 2024! It’s hard to believe that January is already drawing to a close. Here at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), we hit the ground running, kicking off the year with a new public safety grant program and a series of successful wage theft and consumer protection cases that put hundreds of thousands of dollars back into the pockets of District residents. As always, I continued this month spending time at community events and forums throughout the city, hearing directly from District residents. Thank you for making your voices heard – your concerns and ideas for the District directly inform our work here at OAG.
When I was sworn into office nearly one year ago, humbled by the trust District residents placed in me to represent and advocate for them, I pledged to use the law to combat persistent equity gaps, defend and strengthen the fundamental rights of all who live and work here, ensure that our children live healthy, hopeful lives, and work every day towards a stronger, safer community. I am very proud of the hard work that the talented professionals at the Office of Attorney General have performed over the past year and of the meaningful and impactful results we’ve delivered for District residents across all eight Wards.
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced that the Office of the Attorney General (OAG) is launching a new series of public safety grants—the “Leaders of Tomorrow Youth Violence Prevention Grant Program”—designed to foster positive development among District youth. The grants will provide up to $250,000 to local non-profits dedicated to an evidence-based, preventive approach to crime reduction.
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb led a group of 23 state attorneys general urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold a federal rule banning bump stocks, devices that effectively convert semiautomatic firearms into illegal automatic weapons. In an amicus brief filed in Garland v. Cargill, the coalition urges the Supreme Court to overturn an appellate court’s decision striking down a 2018 regulation that clarified that the federal law banning machine guns also bans bump stock-type devices. The attorneys general assert that the rule aligns with longstanding policies prohibiting automatic weapons and argue that overturning it would pose a threat to public safety and the safety of law enforcement officers.
Attorney General Schwalb Urges District Residents To Report Hate Crimes And Unite Against Antisemitism and Islamophobia
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today released the below statement urging District residents to report incidents of hate crimes or bias-motivated violence to the Office of the Attorney General and to unite against antisemitism and Islamophobia:
There are so many young people in the District doing extraordinary things, often against extraordinary odds, and they aren’t celebrated nearly enough. Far too frequently, discussions about young people are overshadowed by negative stereotypes or misconceptions. That’s why, at the Office of the Attorney General (OAG), we’re working to change the narrative about District youth and to support and uplift the many young people in our city who are having a positive impact on their community.
Attorney General Schwalb Announces Student Video Contest to Raise Awareness About the Dangers of Driving Under the Influence
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today announced the second annual “Impaired? – No Time to Drive” student video contest challenging District high school students to submit brief, creative Public Service Announcement videos highlighting the dangerous consequences of driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs. Participation will count toward community service credits that students need to graduate.
Are you concerned that a friend or family member who owns a gun could be a danger to themselves or others? The Office of the Attorney General works to ensure District residents know what laws and resources exist to help keep them safe. Learn how the District’s “Red Flag” law can be used to remove a firearm from a potentially dangerous person.
Earlier this week, I met with Vice President Kamala Harris, Dr. Rahul Gupta, Director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, and seven other state AGs at the White House to discuss state and federal efforts to address the opioid crisis—a crisis that has caused immense harm in communities across the country and that demands urgent action.
Attorney General Brian L. Schwalb today released the following statement ahead of his testimony before the Council of the District of Columbia’s Committee on the Judiciary & Public Safety.