FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† OJP

MONDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2001†††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† 202/307-0703





WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Justice Departmentannounced the confirmation of Deborah J. Daniels as Assistant Attorney General for the DepartmentísOffice of Justice Programs (OJP).Ms. Daniels has many years of experience as a local prosecutor, United States Attorney, private practitioner and active member of her community in Indianapolis.


Prior to her appointment, Ms. Daniels was with the Indianapolis law firm

of Kreig DeVault LLP, where she specialized in legislative and regulatory work.Previously, she served as the Executive Director of the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which pioneered the public-private partnerships that have contributed to Indianapolisí success and which, during her tenure, extended its reach to neighborhood economic development. She played a key role in founding an Indianapolis not-for-profit which provides transitional housing for victims of domestic violence and their children.She has served on the boards of a number of charitable organizations benefitting victims of child abuse, the mentally ill and the developmentally disabled, as well as organizations providing pro bono legal services to the poor and to neighborhood organizations.


From 1988-1993, Ms. Daniels served as U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. She was instrumental in establishing Project Weed and Seed in Indianapolis, a program that continues to be a national model in achieving Weed and Seedís goals of integrating law enforcement, community policing, violence prevention and neighborhood restoration efforts.


She also served as the first Director of the Executive Office of Weed and Seed within the Department of Justice from 1992-1993, for which she received the Attorney Generalís Award for Excellence in Management.During her tenure as U.S. Attorney, she also received the Attorney Generalís Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement Coordination and served on the Attorney Generalís Advisory Committee of U.S. Attorneys.


Prior to her service as U.S. Attorney, Ms. Daniels worked as Chief Counsel to the Prosecuting Attorney in Marion County, Indiana, supervising the areas of child abuse, sexual abuse and domestic violence prosecutions, adult protective services and victimsí assistance.


She received a BA with honors from DePauw University and graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law.


Information about OJPbureaus and program offices is available at Media should contact OJPís Office of Congressional and Public Affairs at 202/307-0703.


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