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.

EVENT: Q&A on “Gentrification, Justice, and Cities”

DOJ- AHEAD invites all to a presentation, discussion, and Q&A on “Gentrification, Justice, and Cities” by Professor Brian McCabe on Tuesday, April 23, 2019. 
The program will be held from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Lower Level Conference Room (Room LL 100) in the Liberty Square Building (entrances on 5th & 6th Streets NW between D & E Streets NW).  Please feel free to share this invitation with anyone you think may be interested. 

Brian J. McCabe is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Georgetown University. He holds secondary appointments an adjunct instructor in the Regional and Urban Planning program at the School of Continuing Studies; a core faculty member in the program on Justice and Peace Studies; an affiliated faculty member in the Department of African-American Studies; and an affiliated faculty member in the McCourt School of Public Policy. Through his scholarship and teaching, Professor McCabe investigates the structures that contribute to social inequality, especially in American cities. His research offers an interdisciplinary approach to the study of cities, combining his training in sociology, geography and public policy to investigate housing policy and other urban issues.  Professor McCabe graduated from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University in 2002. He completed a Master’s degree in urban geography at the London School of Economics in 2004 and a PhD in the Sociology Department at New York University in 2011.  To learn more about Professor McCabe, please visit

Over the last couple decades, the sweep of gentrification has remade many urban neighborhoods, including in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.  In doing so, it has raised new questions about the rights of long-term citizens to shape their own communities, and the unequal distribution of benefits from the process of gentrification.  Despite extensive neighborhood changes, the ghettoization of poverty and a legacy of racial segregation continue to pose unique challenges to the creation of more equitable, just cities. These challenges, many of which are heightened by the process of gentrification, push issues of social justice to the forefront of our conversations about contemporary cities.  They raise new questions about inequality, equity and the twenty-first century urban condition.

Please join us as we learn about and discuss these questions and issues.

Should you need access to the Liberty Square Building, please RSVP for the event by no later than Monday, April 22, 2019, to  To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Ms. Park, and please submit requests for reasonable accommodation no later than Wednesday, April 17, 2019.  

New Material Coming Soon

The 2019 DOJ-AHEAD board is organizing a strong remainder of the year.  Keep up with this blog or emails.  If you would like to contact DOJ-AHEAD or any board member, emails are in the right column of this blog.

     AHEAD is soliciting nominations for members who might serve on the Executive Council next year. Please provide the name, contact information, and positions for ONE nominee that you wish the AHEAD members consider.  All individuals who (a) have been nominated and (b) confirm their desire to be included will be added to the ballot for the 2019 board. Individuals who choose to accept this nomination will also have the option of posting a statement for members to consider during the voting period.

     The nomination period closes December 5, 2018.

     You CAN nominate yourself. You CAN nominate more than one person, but please submit one form per person. You CAN submit the nominee for more than one position. A nominee can change their mind and/or reject the nomination.  Please contact or with any questions about the nomination or election process.

     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.

     On July 10, 2018, AHEAD and the Diversity Committee of the National Security Division hosted the Hispanic National Bar Foundation's Future Latino Leaders Law Campwhich offers students the chance to come to D.C. and learn more about the college application process, meet influential Latino leaders, and tour national monuments and various government agencies
     A group of forty high school students from across the country were hosted in the Great Hall, where they had the opportunity to hear welcoming remarks from Patrick Bumatay of the Attorney General’s office and a panel consisting of attorneys from the Office of the Inspector General, the National Security Division's Office of Intelligence, and the United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of Virginia.  The students heard about careers at the Department of Justice and the mission of the Department, and had the opportunity to ask a variety of questions about college, career choices related to careers in the law and law enforcement, and professional development generally.  

S.G. Noel Francisco @ 2018 DOJ Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Program

Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco to Provide Keynote Address at the 2018 DOJ Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance Program 

To acknowledge the important contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our Nation and the Justice Department, the Department of Justice will hold its annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Observance Program from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 noon, Thursday, May 24, 2018, in The Great Hall, Robert F. Kennedy Main Justice Building.  The National theme for this year’s observance month is "Unite Our Vision by Working Together." 

During the program, DOJ employees will hear special remarks from Acting Associate Attorney General Jesse Panuccio, and the program keynote speaker, the Honorable Noel J. Francisco, Solicitor General of the United States.  Mr. Francisco was sworn in as the 48th Solicitor General of the United States on September 19, 2017.  To learn more about Solicitor General Francisco’s distinguished career, please visit

For additional information, please contact Sylvia Price, Asian American and Pacific Islander Program Manager, Justice Management Division (JMD) Equal Employment Opportunity Staff (EEOS), via email at  To request a reasonable accommodation, please contact Granette Trent, Assistant Director for Affirmative Employment, JMD EEOS, via email at

The program will be broadcast live via the Justice Television Network (JTN).  

Professional Development: A Dialogue with Former Senior Department Officials

The Criminal Division invites all DOJ employees to a leadership forum hosted by the CRM Diversity Committee and Acting Assistant Attorney General John P. Cronan.  Please join us for this panel discussion with four distinguished former DOJ leaders covering such topics as defining leadership and measuring success, the importance of mentors, overcoming obstacles, and what it means to have a commitment to diversity.  Registration is requested; please register here.

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A Dialogue with Former Senior Department Officials—Alice Fisher, 
Channing Phillips, Mythili Raman, and Debra Wong Yang

Friday, April 27, 2018 
12 PM-1:30 PM

RFK Main Justice Department Building
Great Hall – Second Floor
950 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20530

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