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Obeying the Constitution is not optional

We are a nation of laws and no one – including the President of the United States – is above the law.
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Obeying the Constitution is not optional

We are a nation of laws and no one—including the President of the United States—is above the law. That is why today Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh and I filed suit against President Donald Trump in an effort to stop him from violating two important anti-corruption provisions of the Constitution.

Our Constitution’s Emoluments Clauses are America’s original anti-corruption law, intended to ensure that the president works for the people and not for his own self-interest. These clauses seek to prevent foreign and domestic powers from influencing the president by giving him money or other things of value. President Trump’s wide-ranging business entanglements violate these important protections, allowing him to receive payments and benefits from foreign and domestic government entities that raise the specter of conflicts of interest and self-dealing.

AG Frosh and I are taking action because we have a duty to protect the public interest and ensure that our residents, and all Americans, can be confident that their president’s sole interest is the national interest. Obeying the Constitution is not optional, and as state attorneys general representing the people, we will do everything in our power to act as a check and balance and protect the integrity of our republic.

While this lawsuit is important, I want you to know that it will not diminish the other critical work of this office. We will remain focused on all that we do, from protecting consumers, to promoting data-driven public safety reforms, to preserving affordable housing and more.

For the most up-to-date information, bookmark our emoluments landing page.

-Attorney General Karl A. Racine

Encouraging Students to ‘Do the Write Thing’

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Community Engagement Coordinator Cameron Windham speaking to a class about the ‘Do the Write Thing Challenge.’ Photo by John Hayden Johnson Middle School.

This spring, the Office of the Attorney General participated in the ‘Do The Write Thing Challenge’ essay competition by promoting and encouraging middle school students to enter a nation-wide essay contest on preventing youth violence. By accepting “the challenge,” students agree to write an essay on the causes and solutions to violence while also pledging not to engage in violent acts. OAG worked with five middle schools who accepted “the challenge,” and our office received a total of 107 stellar essays! The OAG Review Committee is in the process of selecting 2 national ambassadors who will participate in the national recognition week here in the District. During past recognition weeks, national ambassadors have had the opportunity to meet U.S. Supreme Court Judges, the U.S. Secretary of Education, the U.S. Attorney General, Members of Congress, and notable celebrities. Keep an eye out in future newsletters for more information about our ambassadors and their solutions to youth violence.

Next year, we look forward to expanding the challenge to more schools and continuing the conversation on this important topic!

Working to Protect District Seniors

AG Racine with Sarah Connell

Attorney General Racine with Assistant Attorney General Sarah Connell discussing the office’s work to protect seniors on ‘The Senior Zone.’

Thursday, June 15, is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a day to educate communities around the world about the problem of elder abuse and neglect and how we can all help protect our seniors.

At the Office of the Attorney General, we have lawyers in our Public Safety Division who work every day to prevent elder exploitation. Our lawyers represent D.C. Department of Human Services’ Adult Protective Services Division (APS) as they help protect vulnerable adults from abuse, neglect, or exploitation when other protective services have not been successful.

OAG also recently hired a Program Specialist, Judith Collister, to help elderly victims and vulnerable elderly adults gain access to social services and support services. Recently, Ms. Collister filed an expedited request for a senior to get a home health aide and found her a day program where they can administer her medication. Because of Ms. Collister’s efforts, an elderly woman will be allowed to leave the hospital and go home with these services in place, rather than be put in a nursing home.

Learn more about how you can protect seniors and promote World Elder Abuse Awareness Day…

Stepping Up to Protect the Environment

We must act. We're still in.

Protecting our environment is a worldwide collective effort, so when President Trump announced that the United States was withdrawing from the Paris Climate Agreement, Attorney General Racine joined a broad coalition in pledging to maintain state, municipal, and business commitments to combat climate change. The “We’re Still In It” coalition agrees to abide by the principles of the Paris Climate Agreement because the threat of climate change to future generations is too great to ignore. “The District of Columbia particularly stands to suffer from rising ocean levels, and I have a duty to our residents to fight climate change when the President and Congress abdicate their duty,” said Attorney General Racine.

Learn more…

Urging Department of Education to Stop Delays of Student Loan Forgiveness

Classroom

Hard-working students have a right to expect that the education they pay for will provide them with tools to succeed in the real world. Unfortunately for some District residents, Corinthian Colleges made widespread misrepresentations to prospective students, including misleading claims about the likelihood of gainful employment upon graduation. Although federal student loan debt relief was made available to eligible former students last year, now students are experiencing significant delays in review and approval of their loan cancellation applications. This is why Attorney General Racine has joined 18 other attorneys general in demanding that the United States Department of Education end extended delays in its program to cancel federal student loans for students victimized by predatory for-profit colleges. Students should not continue to be burdened by debt eligible for forgiveness, and they should be freed to move on and pursue other educational opportunities.

Learn more…

Save the Date: OAG Fatherhood Conference & Men’s Health Fair

Father and son

On Saturday, June 24, join the Office of the Attorney General and Medstar Family Choice for the 1st Annual Fatherhood Conference & Men’s Health Fair! This event will include health screenings, community resources, and fun family activities designed to strengthen families and our community. For more information, contact Lakisha.Owens or Jay.Bluford.

RSVP to our Fatherhood Conference

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, June 13th

ANC 6B Monthly Meeting (Open to the public)
Location: Hill Center – 921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE
Time: 7:00PM – 8:30PM
OAG staff will discuss the highlights of the office’s work and priorities and describe how the agency can help everyday residents.

ANC 5D Monthly Meeting (Open to the public)
Location: MPD Fifth District Police Station – 1805 Bladensburg Road, NE
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
OAG staff will discuss the highlights of the office’s work and priorities and describe how the agency can help everyday residents.

Wednesday, June 14th

Discussion on Criminal Justice Reform organized by DC for Democracy (Please RSVP on Facebook)
Location: The Big Board – 421 H Street, NE
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
OAG staff will distribute literature and inform the community about OAG’s juvenile justice initiatives.

ANC 1A Monthly Meeting (Open to the public)
Location: Harriet Tubman Elementary School – 3101 13th Street, NW
Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM
OAG staff will discuss the highlights of the office’s work and priorities and describe how the agency can help everyday residents.

ANC 4C Monthly Meeting (Open to the public)
Location: Petworth Library – 4200 Kansas Avenue, NW
Time: 6:30PM – 9:00PM
OAG staff will discuss the highlights of the office’s work and priorities and describe how the agency can help everyday residents.

Thursday, June 15th

Youth Town Hall Meeting organized by The 100 Fathers INC. (Free with registration)
Location: American Psychological Association – 750 First Street, NE
Time: 6:00PM
OAG staff will distribute literature and inform the community of initiatives and priorities.

Friday, June 16th

Elder Abuse Prevention Committee: It Takes a Village Working Together to Mitigate Risk Conference (Closed to public)
Location: AARP – 601 E Street, NW
Time: 9:00AM – 4:30PM
Deputy Attorney General Robyn Bender will present on recent elder abuse legislation and on how seniors can protect themselves.

Saturday, June 17th

Columbia Heights Day Festival (Open to the public)
Location: 11th Street between Park Road and Irving Street
Time: 11:00AM – 6:00PM
OAG staff will have an informational booth with resources and literature.

Commission on Fathers, Men and Boys: 2nd Annual Fathers and Family Empowerment Day Celebration (Open to the public)
Location: Malcolm X Opportunity Center – 1351 Alabama Avenue, SE
Time: 12:00PM – 5:00PM
OAG staff will have an informational table with resources and literature.

June 12, 2017

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