The Massachusetts U.S. Attorney’s office will have a dedicated team to fight hate crimes, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced Tuesday.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Theodore Merritt of the Public Corruption and Special Prosecutions Unit and Sonya Rao of the Civil Division will lead the Civil Rights Enforcement Team as it handles civil rights cases and works with law enforcement agencies to combat hate crimes.
“Vigorously enforcing federal civil rights laws is a top priority,” Ortiz said in a statement. “The Civil Rights Enforcement Team will ensure a level playing field, advancing equal opportunity and protecting the rights of Massachusetts residents. Its primary mission is to restore a fair and aggressive philosophy towards enforcement, ensuring that our most critical and treasured laws continue to fulfill their purpose.”
Read more about the team here.