Archived Press Releases 2013

December 20, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Urges Public to Exercise Traffic Safety During the Holiday Season

San Francisco – On the one year commemoration of a Twin Peaks traffic fatality that took the life of Ms. Yuee Yao, District Attorney George Gascón urged the public to work together to make San Francisco’s streets safer and free of traffic fatalities and collisions. Read More

December 19, 2013

Sen. Leno, San Francisco D.A. Gascón Announce Plans to Introduce Legislation Requiring Technological Solutions to Epidemic of Smartphone Theft

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Senator Mark Leno and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced plans today to introduce legislation that addresses the epidemic of smartphone theft by requiring the implementation of theft deterring technological solutions, also known as a "kill switch," which
renders phones inoperable if they are stolen. The bill will be formally introduced in January at the start of the 2014 legislative session. Read More

December 5, 2013

Man Murdered Over Playstation 4 Videogame Console
Defendant Ronnie Collins Charged with Murder

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Ronnie Collins of San Francisco, age 21, was charged with one count of murder and two counts of attempted robbery with firearm enhancement allegations. The charges stem from a December 1st incident when Collins attempted to rob Ikenna Uwakah and his girlfriend for a Playstation 4 videogame console. Read More

December 2, 2013

District Attorney Gascón Announces Winners for 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” Video Contest

San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón announced the winners of the 2nd Annual “Bye Bye Bullying” video contest today. The bullying awareness video contest was open to all middle school and high school students in San Francisco. This year’s video contest touched on the following three themes: What is cyberbullying? What are the effects of cyberbullying? What can you do to prevent cyberbullying? Read More

November 26, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Releases Consumer Alert for Black Friday and Cyber Monday

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón released a consumer alert today to inform the public about safe shopping tips in preparation for Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and the holiday shopping season. Read More

November 25, 2013

Statement in Response to President Barack Obama’s Speech Regarding Comprehensive Immigration Reform

San Francisco – San Francisco District Attorney released the following statement following President Obama’s speech to the nation regarding the necessity of comprehensive immigration reform. Read More

November 25, 2013

“Secure Our Smartphones" Initiative Issues Safety Tips for Holiday Shoppers

With Millions Expected to Purchase Smartphones and Tablets This Holiday Season, Consumers Are Encouraged to Take Steps to Ensure Their Safety
A.G. Schneiderman & D.A. Gascón: As The Holiday Shopping Season Kicks Off This Week, Simple Steps Can Protect Consumers and Their Loved Ones

San Francisco –Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón – co-chairs of the international Secure our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative -- issued tips today to help consumers protect themselves from the growing risk of violent smartphone theft.  Over the upcoming holiday season, consumers are expected to spend millions of dollars on new smartphones for themselves and their loved ones. Unfortunately, communities across the country continue to report violent and often deadly thefts of smartphones.  The extent of the epidemic is significant, with roughly 113 smartphones stolen or lost each minute in the United States. Read More

October 30, 2013

Woman Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for Burning Victim Alive

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mia Sagote, age 36, was convicted of first degree murder and special circumstance allegations for dousing Leslie “Jill” May, age 49, with gasoline and burning her alive in retaliation for cooperating with police. Read More

October 25, 2013

Jury Finds Defendant Guilty of Murdering Own Father

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Levit Chavez Jr., age 29, was convicted of second degree murder for fatally stabbing his father in 2009. The jury also found Chavez guilty of premeditated and deliberate attempted murder with enhancements for the use of a knife and great bodily injury. Read More

October 23, 2013

Man Charged with Felony Vehicular Manslaughter for Holly Park Death

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Thomas Burnoski, age 58, of San Francisco, was charged with felony vehicular manslaughter and felony hit and run for running over and killing a woman at Holly Park in the Bernal Heights neighborhood. Read More

October 16, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for SOMA Stabbing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Charles Robertson, age 44, was convicted yesterday of first degree murder for fatally stabbing Joseph Minozzi in the South of Market neighborhood. Read More

October 15, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón and Community Partners Launch an Immigration Fraud Public Education Campaign

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón, was joined by representatives from Instituto Familiar de la Raza, Immigrant Legal Resource Center, and CARECEN to launch an immigration fraud public education campaign. At Instituto Familiar de la Raza, a community based organization serving the Latino community for over 30 years, the District Attorney called on the community to be savvy consumers when choosing an immigration service provider. Read More

October 8, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder for Brutal 1976 Stabbing

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that James Mayfield, age 67, was convicted of first degree murder. This prosecution was made possible by cold hit DNA evidence from the 1976 murder of Jenny Read. Read More

October 4, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón, SFUSD, Common Sense Media and Community Partners
Launch DA’s 2nd Annual Anti-Bullying Video Contest

San Francisco – For October’s National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón, along with Kevin Truitt from the San Francisco Unified School District, and Merve Lapus from Common Sense Media, launched “Bye Bye Bullying”, a video contest for San Francisco middle and high school students. Building on the success of last year’s inaugural video contest, the District Attorney is calling upon students to get creative and make a video about cyber bullying. Read More

September 27, 2013

Man Charged with Murder for Death of SFSU Student

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney announced today that Nikhom Thephakaysone, age 30, of San Francisco will be charged with murder for shooting and killing a 20 year old sophomore from San Francisco State University (SFSU) student on Sept 23. 2013. Read More

September 23, 2013

SF District Attorney’s Office Awarded $1 Million Federal Grant to Reduce Crime in Eastern Bayview

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Supervisor Malia Cohen, Suzy Loftus of the Center for Youth Wellness, community leaders and advocates at the Bayview Opera House today to announce a $1 million Department of Justice grant awarded to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office. The resources will be used to address neighborhood level crime in the Eastern Bayview. San Francisco is one of ten cities nationwide to receive the grant through the Bureau of Justice Assistance Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation program. Read More

September 19, 2013

SF District Attorney, Supervisor David Chiu, Merchants and Residents Release Security Plan for a Safer Broadway Corridor

SAN FRANCISO – District Attorney George Gascón and Supervisor David Chiu joined Broadway Corridor merchants, nightclub operators, security operators and residents today to release a security plan to reduce crime and provide a safer nightlife environment. Read More

September 18, 2013

Victims of Stalking Find Relief and Safety in Passage of AB 499

District Attorney Gascón and Assemblymember Ting: Governor Brown Signs Landmark Reform for Victims of Stalking Into Law

SAN FRANCISCO -- San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and California State Assemblymember Philip Y. Ting (D-San Francisco) are pleased to announce the passage of AB 499, a new law that will protect victims of stalking and remove barriers that often discourage victims from taking steps to protect themselves. This bi-partisan legislation was passed unanimously by both the Assembly and Senate, and was recently signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. Read More

August 29, 2013

District Attorney’s Office to Offer Domestic Violence Victims Direct Access to Child Support Options

SAN FRANCISO – In honor of Child Support Awareness Month, District Attorney George Gascón announced today that his office’s Victim Services Division is partnering with the Department of Child Support Services to educate victims of domestic violence about their child support options. Read More

August 27, 2013

District Attorney and Superintendent Launch Truancy Intervention Program at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School

San Francisco –District Attorney George Gascón and Superintendent Richard Carranza launched a truancy intervention program at Ida B. Wells Continuation High School, an alternative school whose mission is to work with chronically truant students and their families. San Francisco Board of Education President Rachel Norton, Ida B. Wells Principal Richard Duber. Director of the Truancy Assessment and Resource Center (TARC) Cessnae Crawford, the District Attorney and the Superintendent spoke of their collective responsibility to keep students in school and on track to graduate. Read More

August 21, 2013

Man Charged with Dumping Hazardous Waste in the Bayview

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Eusebio Castillo, age 61 of San Francisco, has been arrested and charged with dumping hazardous waste in the Bayview District of San Francisco. Read More

August 20, 2013

Neighborhood Court Expands to Evenings

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Neighborhood Court, an initiative he launched two years ago as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process, is expanding to evenings. The Southern Neighborhood Court’s monthly night court will begin this Thursday at the Eucharist Church, 285 Main Street, 6 to 8pm. Read More

August 15, 2013

Bicyclist Sentenced for Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that bicyclist Chris Bucchere, age 37, was formally sentenced on one count of felony vehicular manslaughter. Joined by members of Sutchi Hui’s family, the District Attorney called on the public to work together to prevent traffic fatalities. Read More

August 7, 2013

London Mayor Joins “Secure Our Smartphones” Initiative

Global Coalition Of Elected Officials And Law Enforcement Agencies Presses Industry To Protect The Safety Of Consumers

Schneiderman, Gascón & Johnson: The Spike In Violent, Often Deadly Thefts Of Smartphones Is A Global Problem That Demands A Global Solution

San Francisco-- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today announced that London Mayor Boris Johnson has joined the Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S.) Initiative as an international partner and co-chair. Launched earlier this year, the S.O.S. Initiative is a groundbreaking coalition of prosecutors, police chiefs, attorneys general, state and city comptrollers, and public safety activists working to encourage the smartphone industry to implement meaningful solutions that will end the international theft epidemic of mobile communications devices such as smartphones and tablets. The frequency of such incidents is staggering, with an increasing number having turned violent. In July, London Mayor Johnson wrote to the domestic CEO’s of major manufacturers urging them to do more to tackle this problem, and he will convene a meeting with them in September. Read More

August 2, 2013

Major California Metal Recycling Company to Pay $4.1 Million in San Francisco and Contra Costa County District Attorneys’ Enforcement Action

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and Contra Costa County District Attorney Mark A. Peterson announced today that one of California’s largest metal recyclers, Sims Group USA Corporation (“Sims”), also known as Sims Metal Management and Sims Metal, will pay $ 4.1 million as part of a settlement of a civil prosecution brought by the two District Attorneys. Read More

July 23, 2013

Bicyclist Pled Guilty to Felony Vehicular Manslaughter

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that bicyclist Chris Bucchere, age 37, pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter for striking Sutchi Hui, a 71 year old man who was crossing the street on Market and Castro Street last year. Read More

July 18, 2013

Barry Bernard White, Jr. Charged With Two Counts of Murder for Vicious Carnage at the Jewelry Mart

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Barry
Bernard White Jr., age 23, of Antioch was charged with a total of 16 felony counts, including 2 counts of murder, 7 counts of attempted murder, 6 counts of assault on a police officer with a firearm, and 1 count of possession of an assault rifle. Read More

July 15, 2013

Unlicensed Civil Engineer Held to Answer on 232 Felony Counts in Massive Fraud Case

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Jimmy Jen, age 59, was held to answer on 232 felony counts involving approximately 80 separate San Francisco properties where documents were forged and recorded with public agencies. His associate, Jian Min Fong, age 43, was held to answer on 86 felony counts Read More

July 10, 2013

Former Postal Employee Sentenced for Insurance Fraud and Pays More Than $150K in Restitution

San Francisco, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced that former United States Postal employee Tiong C. Ong, age 51, formerly of Saratoga, California, was sentenced to a felony violation of filing a false insurance claim and ordered to pay $157,173 in restitution to the United States Department of Labor.  Read More

July 3, 2013

Jury Finds Defendant Guilty for Blessing Scam Case #3

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Cui Qun Zhu, age 51, of 6 felonies and 1 misdemeanor for scamming two victims in two separate blessing scam incidents. Read More

June 25, 2013

Man Facing Life in Prison for Stabbing Victim in the Back

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Oscar Arana, age 23, of San Francisco was convicted yesterday afternoon, of aggravated mayhem and assault with a deadly weapon causing paralysis. Read More

June 19, 2013

“Landlords from Hell” Defendants Plead Guilty to 4 Felonies and will Receive 4 Years 4 Months State Prison Sentence

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that husband and wife, Kip Macy, age 38, and Nicole Macy, age 37, pled guilty to 2 felony counts of residential burglary, 1 felony count of stalking, and 1 felony count of attempted grand theft. The defendants were recently extradited from Italy to face charges stemming from a landlord tenant dispute dating from September 2005 to December 2007. Read More

June 13, 2013

D.A. Gascón & A.D. Schneiderman Launch Nationwide "Secure our Smartphones" Initiative 

Coalition Of Law Enforcement Officials, Institutional Investors And Consumer Advocates To Urge Smartphone Industry To Protect The Safety Of Consumers

Schneiderman & Gascón: This Nationwide, Bipartisan Coalition Is Committed To Encouraging Industry To Be Good Corporate Citizens, Ensure Safety Of Consumers

NEW YORK -- New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman and San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón today announced the formation of a nationwide Secure Our Smartphones (S.O.S) Initiative aimed at encouraging the cell phone industry to adopt technologies that would deter theft by drying up the secondary market on which stolen devices are sold. Read More

June 4, 2013

D.A. Gascón and A.G. Schneiderman to Convene Smartphone Summit to Address Epidemic of Dangerous "Apple-Picking" Street Crimes

SAN FRANCSICO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón and New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman today announced that they will convene a Smartphone Summit next week with representatives of four of the largest players in the smartphone industry, to begin to address the epidemic of violent street crimes known as “Apple-Picking.” Read More

May 30, 2013

Two Westmob Gang Members Facing Life in Prison

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rashad Brown, age 25, of San Francisco and Anthony Taylor, age 23, of San Francisco, were convicted yesterday afternoon, of multiple charges, including two counts of attempted murder and various gang and gun enhancement allegations. Read More

May 15, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Launches Blessing Scam Public Education Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – In honor of Elder Abuse Prevention Month, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Supervisor Malia Cohen, Anni Chung of Self Help for the Elderly, and Edith Chan from Adult Protective Services at the John King Senior Center in Visitacion Valley to launch a public education campaign. The campaign is designed to educate the Chinese community about blessing scams that are occurring all over the country. San Francisco recently became the first jurisdiction in the country to secure convictions in two separate cases. To date, over $1.5 million in cash and jewelry has been stolen from over 50 victims in San Francisco, with one-third of incidents occurring in the city’s Southeast Sector. Read More

May 14, 2013

Former and Current San Francisco Unified School District Employees Charged in Multi-Million Dollar Scheme to Wrongfully Divert Public Money 

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón announced today the filing of felony charges against former and current San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) employees in connection with the diversion of over $15 million dollars in public money into slush fund accounts held at private non-profit organizations, and with the misappropriation of approximately $250,000 for personal use. The defendants are former Associate Superintendent Trish Bascom, former Senior Executive Directors Linda Sue Lovelace and Meyla Fatma Ruwin, former Principal Administrative Analyst Lilian Lamorena Capuli, former Assistant Principal Mychel M. Navales, and Senior Clerk Typist Betty Chuey Wong. Read More

May 9, 2103

Law Enforcement Seeks Public’s Help Locating Taxi Driver and Ex-Billionaire Boys Club Member
Outstanding Vehicular Manslaughter Warrant for Reza Eslaminia

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - District Attorney George Gascón and the San Francisco Police Department announced today that Reza Eslaminia, age 52, is wanted for an August 11, 2012 traffic collision in the Tenderloin that caused the death of 39 year old pedestrian Edmund Ralph Capalla of San Francisco. Eslaminia has an outstanding warrant for a misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter and law enforcement is seeking the public’s help in locating the defendant. Read More

April 30, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Partners with GLIDE Foundation to Expand Victim Services to Women in the Tenderloin

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Rita Shimmin, Co-Executive Director of Glide Foundation and Zwazzi Sowo, Director of the Glide Women’s Healing Center to announce a new partnership to expand victim services office hours to the Tenderloin community. District Attorney Victim Advocates will hold drop in office hours for women at the Glide Women’s Healing Center, an organization that works with survivors of domestic and intimate partner violence. Read More

April 25, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO DISTRICT ATTORNEY GEORGE GASCÓN TO HONOR VICTIMS AND WITNESSES
9th Annual Justice Awards Ceremony Held in Recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

San Francisco – Today, San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will recognize National Crime Victims’ Rights Week by holding the 9th Annual Justice Awards. The District Attorney will highlight the accomplishments of his office’s Victim Services Unit and honor outstanding individuals and organizations that were instrumental in the prosecution of high profile cases from 2012.Read More

April 24, 2013

Former San Francisco State University Director and Local University Vendor to be Charged with 246 Felony Counts for Bribery Scheme

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Robert Shearer, a former Director at San Francisco State University (SFSU), and Stephen Cheung, the owner of an environmental waste disposal firm that contracted with SFSU, were scheduled to be arraigned today on 246 felony charges for their alleged roles in a bribery scheme spanning over a seven year period.Read More

April 16, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Honors Volunteer Adjudicators on 2 Year Anniversary of Neighborhood Court

SAN FRANCISCO – District Attorney George Gascón held a ceremony today to mark the two year anniversary of Neighborhood Court, an initiative he launched as an alternative to the traditional criminal justice process. Volunteer Adjudicators were honored at the event for their commitment to public safety and their role in making Neighborhood Courts a success. There are ten Neighborhood Courts across the city with over 100 adjudicators. In 2012 the District Attorney’s Office sent almost 700 cases to Neighborhood Court.Read More

April 12, 2013

Man Found Guilty of First Degree Murder in Shelter Homicide

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Rickey Leon Scott, age 64, was found guilty of first degree murder for fatally stabbing another man at a homeless shelter in San Francisco’s South of Market neighborhood on February 6, 2012. Read More

April 12, 2013

Printing Company, the Owner and a Manager Plead Guilty for 2008 Death of Pregnant Worker

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a printing company, the owner, and a manager all pled guilty to criminal charges filed in connection with the death of a pregnant worker who was crushed by a machine at her job on January 29, 2008. Read More

April 11, 2013

District Attorney, SFPD and CHP Call Attention to Dangers of Distracted Driving

SAN FRANCISO – On the heels of a March 2013 California Appellate Court decision that ruled it’s illegal to hold your phone while driving, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Commander Mikail Ali from the San Francisco Police Department and Captain BJ Whitten from the California Highway Patrol to call attention the dangers of distracted driving. Read More

March 29, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Expands Foreign Consulate Collaboration to Czech Republic

SAN FRANCISCO- District Attorney George Gascón and Honorary Consul General Richard Pivnicka of the Consulate General of the Czech Republic in San Francisco entered into a formal collaboration today to serve multi-national victims regardless of citizenship status. The memorandum of agreement states that the San Francisco District Attorney's Office will provide victim services and assistance with securing testimony and appearances by multi-national victims. Read More

March 25, 2013

Mark Anthony Cassell Charged With Murder of San Francisco Chronicle Newspaper Vendor

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Mark Anthony Cassell, (age 36), of San Francisco, was scheduled to be arraigned today on one count of murder. Read More

March 20, 2013

Two Defendants Sentenced to State Prison for Mortgage Fraud of One Rincon Hill Properties

SAN FRANCISCO- District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a judge sentenced Jay Shah, age 48, to 20 years in state prison, and Winston Lum, age 48, to 13 years and 4 months in state prison for their involvement in a sophisticated scheme to transfer ownership of one woman’s three condominiums at One Rincon Hill valued at $5.5 million dollars. Read More

March 19, 2013

District Attorney to Honor Zero Divide CEO Tessie Guillermo for Women’s History Month

SAN FRANCISO - San Francisco District Attorney George Gascón will join the Commission and the Department on the Status of Women for their 9th annual Women’s History Month Awards Reception to honor Tessie Guillermo, President and CEO of Zero Divide. The ceremony is being held today at 5:30pm at the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 525 Golden Gate Avenue. The theme this year is “Women inspiring innovation through imagination: Celebrating Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics.” Tessie is one of 13 Amazing Women Nominees awarded by Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District Attorney George Gascón, and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Read More

March 11, 2013

District Attorney, Board President Chiu, and City Leaders Denounce Islamophobic MUNI Ads

SAN FRANCISO - Today, District Attorney George Gascón, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and Supervisors John Avalos, London Breed, Malia Cohen, Jane Kim, Scott Wiener, Norman Yee held a press conference to denounce Islamophobic and racist advertisements by the American Freedom Defense Initiative (AFDI) scheduled to run on MUNI buses today. Read More

March 8, 2013

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 1st Degree Murder for Killing 12 Year Old Boy

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted William Terrence McKnight, age 37, of first degree murder for fatally shooting a 12 year old boy at the Alemany public housing projects on May 17, 2002. Read More

March 6, 2013

Driver to be Charged with 3 Felonies for Killing a Pedestrian on Sloat Blvd

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Kieran Drew Brewer, age 28 of San Francisco will be charged with three felonies for driving under the influence and killing a 17-year old pedestrian on Sloat Boulevard on March 3. Read More

March 1, 2013

Jury Finds Man Guilty of 2nd Degree Murder for Potrero Hill Shooting

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that a jury convicted Antoine C. Grays, age 32, of second degree murder for fatally shooting a man at the Potrero Hill housing projects. Read More

February 21, 2013

Man Charged with 2 Counts of Sexual Assault for Cathedral Hill Rape

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Arthur Ray Salinas, age 57, from Beaumont, Texas, was charged with two counts of sexual assault for raping a woman in the Cathedral Hill area. Read More

February 7, 2013

District Attorney Partners with Community Organizations to Help Youth Human Trafficking Victims
9-Year Old Girl Honored for Global Effort to End Child Slavery with ‘Make a Stand Lemonade’

San Francisco – Today, District Attorney George Gascón was joined by Sherilyn Adams of Larkin Street Youth Services, Ellyn Bell of Standing Against Global Exploitation (SAGE), and Kaine Walker of Youth Justice Institute to announce a partnership to help youth human trafficking victims. Recognizing a gap in services, the partnership launched the “Exploit No More Youth Hotline” to provide a safe way for young victims of human trafficking under age 18 to get help and receive services.Read More

February 5, 2013

San Francisco Declares February 14, “One Billion Rising Day”
City Joins V-Day’s Global Day of Action to End Violence Against Women and Girls

SAN FRANCISO—– On February 14, San Francisco will join 197 countries and hold a special event on the steps of City Hall to support a global campaign to end violence against women and girls. Today, the San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted to mark February 14, Valentine’s Day, “One Billion Rising Day.” Read More

February 1, 2103

District Attorney Gascón Calls for Peaceful Celebrations this Superbowl Sunday
Violence and Vandalism will be not be Tolerated

San Francisco – District Attorney George Gascón called on 49ers fans to celebrate peacefully this Superbowl Sunday to avoid the vandalism and destruction that occurred when the San Francisco Giants clinched the World Series last October.Read More

January 31, 2013

District Attorney Awards 11 Community Organizations with Neighborhood Justice Fund Grants

San Francisco - District Attorney George Gascón awarded 11 community organizations today with Neighborhood Justice Fund grants. Funding for the grants are a result of funds collected from Neighborhood Court directives and held by the District Attorney’s Office for the sole purpose of disbursement through nonprofit 501(c)3 organization grants for projects that enhance the safety, livability and cohesion of San Francisco’s neighborhoods. Read More

January 28, 2013

District Attorney George Gascón Announces Mentor Collaboration with School District
Over 1000 San Francisco Youth Waiting for a Mentor

San Francisco - Today, District Attorney George Gascón will announce at a press conference at Burton High School a partnership with SFUSD's Mentoring for Success program to launch a mentoring speaker series in San Francisco schools. Throughout the year, Assistant District Attorneys will be visiting Burton High School, Mission High School and Thurgood Marshall High School to speak about their personal struggles through school and potential career paths for students. Created to inspire and motivate students to succeed despite academic and social challenges, the program is estimated to reach as many as 100 students. Read More

January 10, 2013

Man Charged with 11 Felonies for Setting His Girlfriend on Fire

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that Dexter Oliver, age 22, was charged with 11 felonies for setting his girlfriend on fire on January 6, 2013. Read More

January 3, 2013

Man Charged with 2 Counts of Murder for Mission District Fatal Crash

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – District Attorney George Gascón announced today that David Morales, age 19, was charged with murdering two people and seriously injuring one person during a high speed chase with the police on January 1, 2013. Read More