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A MESSAGE FROM OUR PRESIDENT - DEC 15, 2017

It's time to stand up for who we are and what we do

Thank you for supporting the National Association of Assistant United States Attorneys (NAAUSA), the principle advocate for AUSAs. I am deeply grateful for your support and engagement.


I’m writing to tell you about an exciting new NAAUSA initiative: The Foundation for Safeguarding Justice (FSJ)


As you know, over the past several years, AUSAs and other members of the law enforcement community have been under public attack by a variety of well-financed, defendant-sympathetic organizations that have sought to defame our federal justice system, its laws and AUSAs. Groups like the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, ACLU and Families Against Mandatory Minimums have relentlessly portrayed our federal justice system as unfair and AUSAs like you as biased. Some media outlets have contributed to these attacks with inaccurate reporting about the justice system and your work as an AUSA.


Because of these sustained attacks, increasing numbers of American citizens have begun to accept a narrative that portrays the innocent as being recklessly sent to prison for lengthy periods, without regard to guilt or the severity of the offense. We as AUSAs know that these accusations are untrue, and that the American justice system remains the gold standard throughout the world. But we, as servants of the law, have done little to set the record straight, or educate the public about how our federal system of justice works or the challenges that daily threaten public safety. That is about to change.


Recently NAAUSA established The Foundation for Safeguarding Justice (FSJ) as a 501(c)(3) partner think tank devoted to academic research and public education on issues of public concern involving public safety, national security and criminal justice. The vital role that AUSAs play in the federal justice system will be central to the vision of the Foundation and its ongoing work. Through academic research, public education and media efforts, the Foundation for Safeguarding Justice will promote the Founders’ vision that ordered liberty — the fundamental right of every citizen – requires a system of laws and their equal application and impartial enforcement by prosecutors, public safety officers and the courts. 


The founding of the Foundation for Safeguarding Justice is ambitious, but we have been guided by an energetic group of AUSAs who are helping to put FSJ on the map.


To succeed, we need your support and partnership too. Consider making a year-end tax-deductible gift to the Foundation for Safeguarding Justice. You can make your gift securely and easily by clicking here.


Through your gift, you will partner in and boldly affirm FSJ’s critical mission: protecting the Constitution of the United States of America, upholding the Rule of Law, promoting public safety and order, and guaranteeing due process and full and fair justice for all. 


While we are working to make the Foundation a success, NAAUSA will continue to aggressively work with DOJ leadership to eliminate the inequity in pay between AUSAs and DOJ attorneys and secure worklife benefits, e.g. flexible and compressed schedules, for all AUSAs.”


You have the opportunity to be an early partner in FSJ’s work—make your tax-deductible gift today.


Your gift, no matter the size, is an investment in the good name of AUSAs and in our federal justice system. 


I’m sure you will agree that we can no longer stand by and let our detractors continue to diminish the vital role that AUSAs perform every day. Your tax-deductible gift to FSJ will set the record straight and nurture public understanding and support of the rule of law.


Click here to make your year-end gift to the Foundation for Safeguarding Justice—it’s easy and secure. 


Thank you for your partnership and support. I hope you and your family have a wonderful holiday season.


Sincerely yours,


Larry Leiser

NAAUSA President