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March 14, 2019
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CWAG SPRING DINNER
CWAG invites you to attend our 2019 Spring Dinner on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, in Lafayette, Louisiana, in conjunction with Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry’s NAAG Presidential Initiative Summit. Attorneys General and private sector supporters will join together for a highly personal and engaging dinner with approximately 15-20 Attorneys General at The DoubleTree Hotel.

The CWAG 2019 Spring Dinner begins with a reception for all attendees from 6:00pm – 7:00pm in Salon A immediately followed by dinner from 7:00pm – 9:00pm in the Ballroom at The DoubleTree Hotel.

If you need more information or if you have any questions, please contact meeting manager Ale Stephens at  astephens@cwagweb.org  or 303.304.9206.

 We hope to see you in Lafayette!
CONSUMER PROTECTION
Utah Attorney General Partners with DOJ, Sister-States in National Takedown on Tech Support Scams
March 11, 2019

Attorney General Sean D. Reyes announced the Utah Attorney General’s Office is partnering with sister-states and the DOJ as part of a nationwide crackdown on fraudsters who try to trick consumers into buying costly tech support and repair services.
Montana Attorney General's Office of Consumer Protection, AARP Montana Team Up To Fight Fraud By Training Volunteer Outreach Specialists
March 13, 2019

Attorney General Tim Fox and the Attorney General’s Office of Consumer Protection (OCP) and AARP Montana collaboratively trained volunteers today who will educate community groups in various Montana cities about scams, fraud, and identity theft. This effort, which is believed to be the first of its kind in the nation between AARP and an attorney general’s consumer protection team, will reach more older Montanans than either organization formerly has been able to using its own staff.
HUMAN TRAFFICKING PREVENTION
Man Sentenced to Consecutive Terms of Life in Prison for Sex Trafficking a Child
March 13, 2019

Joseph Moore was sentenced to two terms of five years up to life in prison for sex trafficking a 16-year-old child and exploiting his own adult daughter for prostitution. Moore was convicted of Human Trafficking, Aggravated Exploitation of Prostitution Involving a Child, and Exploitation of Prostitution, after a three-day jury trial in January 2019.
SUNSHINE WEEK
Michigan Attorney General Nessel Kicks Off Sunshine Week with MI Press Association
March 11, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel is reviving the partnership between her office and the Michigan Press Association to hold Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) and Open Meetings Act (OMA) workshops around the state for media, local government leaders and community members, holding her first workshop in Grand Haven. The announcement comes during Sunshine Week, the annual recognition of the important role open and transparent government plays in democracy.
OPIOID CRISIS
Washington Attorney General Ferguson: Distributors ignored red flags while pouring staggering amounts of opioids into State
March 12, 2019

Attorney General Bob Ferguson filed a lawsuit against the three largest distributors of prescription opioids in Washington state, arguing that they failed to alert law enforcement of suspicious opioid orders, and illegally shipped those orders into Washington for years, and contributed to the illegal supply of opioids, fueling the state’s opioid epidemic.

Ferguson’s lawsuit, filed in King County Superior Court, asserts that McKesson Corp., Cardinal Health Inc. and AmerisourceBergen Drug Corp. made billions of dollars feeding the opioid epidemic, shipping huge amounts of oxycodone, fentanyl, hydrocodone and other prescription opioids into the state even when they knew or should have known those drugs were likely to end up in the hands of drug dealers and addicts.
Johnson & Johnson Acted as Opioid 'Kingpin,' Oklahoma Attorney General says
CNN
March 12, 2019

Johnson & Johnson acted as an opioid "kingpin" by using a web of foreign and domestic subsidiaries to supply raw materials "necessary to manufacture the opioid pain medications thrust upon the unsuspecting public since the 1990s," Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter alleged in court filings.
STUDENT PROTECTION
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel Takes National Lead to Protect Lottery Revenue for Schools
March 11, 2019

With more than $900 million dollars in annual funding for Michigan schools at stake, Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel led the effort to file an amicus brief opposing the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) opinion that would encompass all types of bets and wagers in the federal Wire Act’s prohibitions.

Twelve jurisdictions joined Michigan in the brief, which was filed today in support of the New Hampshire Lottery Commission in two consolidated cases in the New Hampshire federal district court— New Hampshire Lottery Commission v. Dep’t. of Justice and NeoPollard Interactive LLC and Pollard Banknote Limited v. Dep’t. of Justice.  
HATE CRIMES PREVENTION
Oregon Attorney General Rosenblum Asks State Legislature to Strengthen Hate Crime Laws
March 12, 2019

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee in support of Senate Bill 577, a bill created by AG Rosenblum’s Hate Crime Prevention Task Force. The legislation proposes a targeted investment in a model of service that gives assistance to individuals and communities impacted by hate, regardless of whether the incident is ultimately prosecutable. This would place Oregon among a very few states that address “bias incidents”.
A Great Victory for Utah: Hate Crime Bill Passes Utah Legislature
March 13, 2019

The Utah State Legislature took an important step toward protecting Utahns and their freedom. SB103 Victim Targeting Penalty Enhancements, otherwise known as the hate crime bill, gained final legislative approval before passing to Governor Gary R. Herbert to be signed into law.
 
SB103 expresses the importance of establishing an enhanced punishment for those that commit crimes based on an individual’s race, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or identity and recognizes the unique impact these heinous crimes have on our communities. This new statute does not favor some over others or seek to punish speech or thought. All Utahns deserve protection from crimes motivated by hate and the freedom to express their individuality.
Michigan Attorney General Nessel Officially Launches New Hate Crimes Unit
March 8, 2019

Attorney General Dana Nessel has officially launched her new Hate Crimes Unit within the Criminal Division of the Department of Attorney General that is charged with investigating and prosecuting hate crimes. Assistant Attorney General Sunita Doddamani has been tasked as lead prosecutor in the unit and Special Agent David Dwyre has been named lead investigator. 
SYMANTEC CALPRIVACYCON 2019
Symantec CalPrivacyCon 2019
March 18, 2019 8:00 AM - 1:00 PM PDT
Sacramento, CA

Join Symantec, the Aspen Institute, and BSA | The Software Alliance for our first ever CalPrivacyCon on March 18, 2019 in Sacramento, California. We will bring together leaders from the California Legislature, the business sector, and the privacy community for a morning of discussions about the CCPA, what it means to businesses, and what it says about privacy initiatives in the rest of the country.
OREGON STUDENT DEBT CRISIS SYMPOSIUM
The Student Debt Crisis: Lives On Hold
May 14, 2019 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM PDT
Portland, OR

Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum invites you to attend the Second National Symposium on the Student Debt Crisis. Please join us along with national leaders who are helping address and solve this serious crisis, followed by a reception. For questions or more info, contact Ellen.Klem@doj.state.or.us
CONGRATULATIONS
Lilia Garcia Named to San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame
March 3, 2019

CWAG Alliance Partnership instructor Lilia Garcia was inducted into the San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame. Currently a San Diego County Deputy District Attorney, Lilia Garcia, honored in the "BridgeBuilder" category, has advanced the causes of equality, justice, and empowerment on both sides of the border.

The Annual San Diego County Women’s Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Reception honored women who have positively impacted San Diego County and the people who live here. The ceremony was held on Sunday, March 3rd at 2:30 P.M. at the Joe and Vi Jacobs Center Celebration Room located at 404 Euclid Ave, San Diego, California.
CWAG CHAIR'S INITIATIVE
Using Technology to Improve Social Justice

Building on CWAG's Cyber Security efforts, New Mexico Attorney General Hector Balderas’s Chair's Initiative will focus on bringing together leaders from the corporate, nonprofit and government sectors to utilize technology to strengthen our economy and improve public safety outcomes. Expanded collaboration among leading privacy and security researchers, academics, industry representatives, consumer advocates, law enforcement and government entities will address national and international cyber security concerns.
 
This very important educational initiative is one which explores and expands the multifaceted elements of implementing cyber security programs and protocols. Further, through this effort, impacts on society and often, on those who are most vulnerable, are brought to light as it intersects with public policy, data security and law enforcement actions. Finally, we will examine the gig economy and the impact of disruptive technology as it relates to justice.

Initiative themes will include:
  • Protecting Children, Families and Consumers:
  • Enhanced enforcement of child online privacy protection laws
  • Utilization of technology to assist law enforcement in combatting criminal activities such as fraud and money laundering with the use of biometric facial recognition protocols
  • Utilization of technology to address issues specific to economic disparity like tax refunds and expedited Medicare/Medicaid payments
 
Protecting Personal Data Privacy:
  • Strengthening and collaboration of data breach notification laws
  • Implementation of safeguards against scams and the emerging electronic consumer marketplace
 
Protecting Against Human Trafficking:
  • Creation of a multi-district communications solution that uses secured and encrypted communications for investigators
  • Utilization of a technological tools which enhance and strengthen our ability to conduct investigations and communicate with agents in multiple jurisdictions without fear of having those channels compromised

Through this initiative, state attorneys generals will jointly address cyber security as one of the greatest threats to our nation. An advisory board of stakeholders - to include corporate, nonprofit and technology leaders - will be assembled to provide support and input relating to our economy and the various public safety components of the initiative. General Balderas’s will also use the experienced gained by his office through their current bi-national, multi-state cyber security pilot project supporting the efforts of law enforcement across our international lines.

CWAG Presidential Initiative Summit dates to be announced soon!
AILD
Updated American Indian Law Deskbook Is Now Available

The American Indian Law Deskbook  is a concise, direct, and easy-to-understand handbook on Indian law. The chapter authors of this book are experienced state lawyers who have been involved in Indian law for many years.

American Indian Law Deskbook  addresses the areas of Indian law most relevant to the practitioner.
Topics include:
  • Definitions of Indians and Indian tribes
  • Indian lands
  • Criminal, civil regulatory, and civil adjudicatory jurisdiction
  • Civil rights
  • Indian water rights
  • Fish and wildlife
  • Environmental regulation
  • Taxation
  • Gaming
  • Indian Child Welfare Act and tribal-state cooperative agreements
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