Click here to read more about how our partnership with the Ontario Police Department led to the successful conviction of a Louisiana man who was trafficking a 17-year-old victim for sex acts. Isiah Mincey (pictured above) now faces life in prison.
The District Attorney’s Office participates in and attends monthly CASE meetings. CASE team leaders from the Sheriff’s Department, District Attorney, Public Defender, Children’s Network, Children & Family Services, Behavioral Health, Probation Departmentand County Schools join together at this meeting to determine how best to utilize existing resources to maximize the provision of services across the county.
The District Attorney’s Office continues to provide victim resources to Rachel’s House of Healing: Since opening in Sept. 2012, the house has had 85 women ranging in average ages of 18 to 25. The staff has been responsible for reuniting residents with their families and has assisted 2 residents return to their families after being transported by their trafficker to California. In addition to housing victims, Rachel’s House provides resources and referrals and has referred more than 250 victims to other programs which includes: rehab and detox programs.
“One of the unique aspects of being part of a vertical prosecution unit is the ability to be more connected to our victims,” said Deputy District Attorney Melissa Rodriguez. “When we are contacted by law enforcement, I will typically go meet the victim along with a victim advocate. This allows us to build a relationship with the victim from the onset of the case, and ultimately build a stronger case.”
Created training outline for San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Use of Force which was used to train all sworn Sheriff’s personnel as well as several sworn personnel from cities and schools contracted to the Sheriff’s for training.
Provided training for administration and teachers of the Hesperia Unified School District.
Provided a block of training for the 8 hour trafficking awareness by “Run Away Girl” in Imperial County.
8 hour block of training on Human Trafficking facilitated by California Narcotics Officers Association (CNOA)
Several 4 hour blocks of training provided to Family Assistance Program reference dealing with trafficking victims.
8 hour training provided to Los Angeles County Probation
3 hour block of training SBSO Crimes against Children