Issues

  • Gang & Gun Violence -

    Anita proposed and drafted a new law that increases criminal penalties for street gang members who are arrested by police...

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  • Human Trafficking -

    Recognizing the growing crime of the sexual trafficking of young children, Anita formed a dedicated unit within the State’s Attorney’s...

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  • Public Corruption -

    At the outset of her administration, Anita hired a veteran federal prosecutor to help lead efforts to investigate and prosecute...

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  • Integrity Unit -

    Anita recently announced creation of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s “Conviction Integrity Unit,” a specialized unit within the office that...

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  • Restoring Trust -

    Without any additional staffing or funding, Anita delivered on her promise to restore the concept of community-based prosecutions in the...

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  • Women & Violence -

    Tackling the many issues surrounding domestic violence has been one of Anita’s top priorities and she has worked to develop...

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  • Mortgage Fraud -

    In response to the growing problem of mortgage fraud affecting so many communities throughout Cook County, Anita created a special...

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  • New Task Force -

    It is currently estimated that the State of Illinois loses $77 million in tax revenues each year as a result...

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Alvarez in the News

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June 14, 2012

PROTECT CHILDREN WITH NEW HUMAN TRAFFICKING INITIATIVE

Recognizing the growing crime of the sexual trafficking of young children, Anita formed a dedicated unit within the State’s Attorney’s Office to target and intensively investigate this crime, an increasing problem throughout the United States and in Cook County.

As part of these efforts, Anita also drafted the Illinois Safe Children’s Act, one of the most sweeping pieces of legislation enacted into law in the nation aimed at safeguarding and protecting children who are forced into a life of prostitution.

Dozens of offenders have now been charged with human trafficking crimes since the passage of the new law and with the help of the new legislation, Anita announced charges against 10 Chicago street gang members in the nation’s first-ever state based wiretap investigation targeting the crime of human trafficking. “Operation Little Girl Lost” targeted street gang members who sex-trafficked children and young women, some as young as 12 years old, to sell their sexual services on the streets or the internet as a commodity.