The Department of Justice’s Association of Hispanic Employees for Advancement & Development ("DOJ-AHEAD") is an organization open to all employees of the Department of Justice; its primary goals are to: (1) assist DOJ in promoting equitable participation and full utilization of its Hispanic employees; (2) assist DOJ in increasing the numbers of qualified Hispanics in its workforce; (3) speak on issues affecting DOJ-AHEAD members and Hispanic employees; (4) develop and maintain meaningful relationships with the greater DOJ community, including management, and; (5) develop and maintain meaningful relationships with Hispanic employees and the greater Hispanic community. DOJ-AHEAD has five committees to help carry-out its primary goals, namely:
• Professional Development Committee (sponsors and supports activities to assist in the development of all DOJ-AHEAD members)
• Hispanic Women's Committee (focuses on specific concerns of Hispanic women)
• Organizational Liaison Committee (arranges meetings with other organizations, including inviting speakers of Hispanic organizations)
• Social Committee (plans social and cultural events as appropriate)
• Membership Committee (recruits members, including DOJ employees outside of the DC metropolitan area)
If you are interested in being involved in our work, you can sign up by clicking on this link.
For upcoming and past events, scroll down.
AHEAD will host a happy hour for members in the D.C. area on Thursday, November 29, 2018 so that members can meet in person, learn about the past year, and consider ways of supporting AHEAD in 2019.
On October 2, 2018, the Honorable Maria Chapa Lopez, United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida, delivered remarks in the Great Hall to commemorate Hispanic Heritage Month and its theme, “Hispanics: One Endless voice to Enhance our Traditions."
United States Attorney Chapa Lopez was introduced by remarks from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who took this opportunity to recognize the distinguished contributions made by Hispanic Americans across a variety of fields as well as to the mission of the Department of Justice.
United States Attorney Chapa Lopez is a first-generation American, whose parents emigrated from Mexico. After receiving her B.A. from the University of Texas, Ms. Chapa Lopez attended South Texas College of Law, where she was Assistant Editor of the Law Review. From 2000 until 2016, Ms. Chapa Lopez worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Middle District of Florida. She prosecuted transnational drug trafficking organizations, complex domestic narcotics trafficking, large-scale money laundering, and complex opioid cases. From 2016 to 2018, Ms. Chapa Lopez served as the Department of Justice Deputy Attaché in the U.S. Embassy in Mexico City, before being nominated and confirmed as the United States Attorney for the Middle District of Florida.