2008 Director’s Community Leadership Awards
Assistant U.S. Attorney
Eastern District of California
For three years running, the Eastern District of California has led the nation in indictments and convictions of Internet predators. AUSA White has been one of the top AUSAs in this field. In addition to her outstanding work as a prosecutor, AUSA White is also the Project Safe Childhood Coordinator for the Eastern District of California. She has led the charge to educate parents, children, and schools across the district. Acknowledging that “we’re not going to prosecute our way out of this crisis,” Laurel has focused on crime prevention efforts and education, most often on her own time.
AUSA White works tirelessly with the media, school systems, and community groups to teach anyone who will listen about the dangers of the Internet and, more importantly, what we can do to keep children safe. Working with the FBI, local law enforcement, NBC affiliate KCRA, Elk Grove Unified School District, and the California Coalition for Internet Safety, AUSA White helped create a one-hour DVD that includes safety information for teens and parents. AUSA White has distributed many copies of these DVDs at school and community forums.