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ATLANTA, Ga. - Wisconsin Attorney General J. B. Van Hollen will be meeting today with U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales to discuss a number of legal and law enforcement issues facing Wisconsin and the nation.
"As a former U.S. Attorney and now Wisconsin Attorney General, I know that effective law enforcement depends in large part on communication between local, state, and federal authorities," Van Hollen said. "We can do a lot more to protect public safety by cooperatively working together than we can by working independently. I thank Attorney General Gonzales for meeting with me and keeping open those lines of communication."
Van Hollen traveled to Atlanta, Georgia for the face-to-face talks as part of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) annual summer meeting, held June 19-22. Forty-one of the nation's Attorneys General gathered for collective discussions on a number of complex legal issues, including cybercrime, tracking sexual predators, consumer fraud, crime prevention, anti-counterfeiting and piracy initiatives, recent decisions by the U.S. Supreme Court, legislation, and other critical legal areas of interest.
Throughout his tenure at the U.S. Department of Justice, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales has actively worked with NAAG and its members. "I am delighted to be here at NAAG's centennial meeting," said Attorney General Gonzales. "When the federal and state governments work together on issues like protecting children from predators and preventing violent crime, the American people are better served. I appreciate the good relationship between the Department of Justice and the state attorneys general."
"The federal government is Wisconsin's partner in fighting crime," Van Hollen said. "Federal dollars help support many important Wisconsin law enforcement initiatives, including money to help support Wisconsin's Internet Crimes Against Children task force and the state crime lab. It is important that these resources continue to be made available. But dollars are not the only important federal crime fighting resource for Wisconsin citizens. Federal law enforcement personnel and federal prosecutors, too, help make Wisconsin safer. I am especially grateful to have very good working relationships with Wisconsin's two excellent U.S. Attorneys, Steven Biskupic and Erik Peterson."
The National Association of Attorneys General was founded in 1907 to help Attorneys General fulfill the responsibilities of their offices and to assist in the delivery of high quality legal services to the states and territorial jurisdictions. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, and facilitates communication between the states' chief legal officers and all levels of government. The Association's members are the Attorneys General of the 50 states and the District of Columbia, the Commonwealths of Puerto Rico (Secretary of Justice) and the Northern Mariana Islands, and the territories of American Samoa, Guam, and the Virgin Islands. The U.S. Attorney General is an honorary member.