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“This presidency is an incredible opportunity to share with others what Wisconsin does so well in protecting our most vulnerable and to work with other Attorneys General to learn how we can – even more successfully -- fulfill that important mission,” Attorney General Van Hollen said.
MADISON — During the annual summer meeting of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), Wisconsin Attorney General J.B. Van Hollen was formally elected by his nationwide peers to be the President of NAAG. Attorney General Van Hollen’s yearlong presidential initiative “America’s Promise – Keeping Our Kids Safe” will kick off in Milwaukee in September with a two-day Presidential Summit focusing on child safety, including programs on school violence, public-private partnerships, drug abuse and child sex trafficking.
“Protecting children has always been my top priority as Attorney General -- and as a parent. I’m thankful and humbled to have been elected to this leadership position by my fellow Attorneys General,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “This presidency is an incredible opportunity to share with others what Wisconsin does so well in protecting our most vulnerable and to work with other Attorneys General to learn how we can – even more successfully -- fulfill that important mission.
“In September, we’ll welcome Attorneys General and others from across the country to study the many dangers children face, how we can protect them from these dangers and how we can hold offenders accountable. It’s up to all of us to create a safer Wisconsin for our young people, and I look forward to sharing this important initiative with Attorneys General, law enforcement partners and others throughout the coming year.”
In 2011, Attorney General Van Hollen’s peers nationwide elected him to the office of Vice President of NAAG. To learn more about Van Hollen’s 2013-2014 Presidential Initiative, click here.
“NAAG works because it advances the interests that are important to the people of Wisconsin and the other states, territories and districts that we represent,” Van Hollen said.
“As President of NAAG, I intend to build upon NAAG’s Core Values of Dedication, Integrity, Collaboration and Cooperation, Collegiality and Accountability, and its 106 year history, to keep the organization as a powerful and positive force to benefit the constituents that each of us represent. I also intend to use my position to emphasize the role that we Attorneys General have in enforcing and promoting the rule of law. All of the Attorneys General took oaths to uphold the laws and the constitutions of their states, and we are all guardians to protect the power and sovereignty of our states. Attorneys General serve their constituents most effectively when they focus on enforcing the laws they’ve been given to enforce and promoting a system of shared governance that allows the states to operate as the sovereign entities envisioned by the United States Constitution.”
During the NAAG summer meeting, Van Hollen congratulated Maryland Attorney General Douglas Gansler as he concluded his presidential initiative, “Privacy in the Digital Age.” Van Hollen also recognized Wisconsin Department of Justice Assistant Attorney General Monica Burkert-Brist, who was one of two recipients of this year’s National Attorneys General Training and Research Institute’s (NAGTRI) Faculty of the Year Award, which is presented to a faculty member who has significantly contributed to developing and presenting quality programs for their counterparts in Attorneys General offices.
“I’m incredibly proud of Monica’s contributions to NAGTRI,” Attorney General Van Hollen said. “Even before the program officially became NAGTRI, Monica has been lending her expertise with enthusiasm. Her kind of commitment to NAAG and its educational component is part of what makes this organization successful.”
NAAG’s mission is: "To facilitate interaction among Attorneys General as peers and to facilitate the enhanced performance of Attorneys General and their staffs." NAAG fosters an environment of "cooperative leadership," helping Attorneys General respond effectively - individually and collectively - to emerging state and federal issues. The Association fosters interstate cooperation on legal and law enforcement issues, conducts policy research and analysis of issues, conducts training, and facilitates communication between the states’ chief legal officers and all levels of government. To learn more, visit www.naag.org.