Summer Stephan is the District Attorney for San Diego County. We asked DA Stephan about her many accomplishments including her fight against human trafficking, prosecuting the 2010 Kelly Elementary School shooter, the opening of the North County Family Justice Center, the creation of the Elder Justice Task Force, and much more.
San Diego County is the 5th most populous county in the United States, and the second most populous county in California. The City of San Diego is, by many measures, one of the safest major cities in the United States. The San Diego DA’s office is the second largest DA’s office in California and has 1,000 employees.
Bio: Summer Stephan was the first DA in San Diego to rise through the ranks as a prosecutor to become the elected DA. As a trial prosecutor, she tried more than 100 jury trials, including cases of complex homicides, sexually-violent predators, child molestation, sexual assaults, school shooting, and human trafficking-related cases. She served as Chief of the DA’s North County Branch and Chief of the Sex Crimes and Human Trafficking Division, a special victims unit she pioneered, and an area of the law where she is a national leader, named a “Modern Day Abolitionist” and received numerous awards.
Summer served on the Governor’s Task Force for High-Risk Sex Offenders and Sexually-Violent Predators. She spearheaded the innovative “Know the Price” campaign, which focused on reducing sexual assaults on college campuses. She also led the award-winning “The Ugly Truth” human trafficking awareness campaign as well as the “San Diego Opioid Project,” aimed at reducing opioid overdoses. Summer led a coordinated effort to protect the community from targeted mass violence with a School Threats Task Force that implemented a unified protocol with all 42 school districts in San Diego County. In addition, she began an effective Veterans Treatment model in North County inspired by a heroic Marine Corps veteran.
In June of 2018, San Diego County voters overwhelmingly elected Summer as District Attorney, a career prosecutor who has devoted her life to protecting children and families, and providing justice to the most vulnerable.
Show: DA Stephan talks about human trafficking, the prosecution of the Kelly Elementary School shooter, domestic violence, the opening of the North County Family Justice Center, the new Elder Justice Center, and much more.
Laws on the Books: Each week we end the episode on a light note and look at the laws on the books and do a quiz. 2 are real, 1 is fake; can you guess which one is the fake?
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