Category: Miami SAO Newsletter

Presenting…Miami SAO Newsletter

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Dear Friend,
 
With the multiple shootings this past Memorial Day weekend throughout our County, I could not ignore these recent events that have left our community stunned, angered, heartbroken and in tears.
 
We have seen innocent bystanders injured, shot and even killed as bullets fly indiscriminately through the air in broad daylight at popular tourist areas and at night outside of nightclubs and trendy restaurants. No matter when or where incidents of gun violence occur, there are victims whose lives are forever shattered, and families left heartbroken and helpless.
 
Gun violence is not unique to South Florida. It is an issue that is affecting our nation from coast to coast. Rampant gun violence is a national public health issue that must be addressed at all levels. From the White House to each individual home, we need to systematically, methodically and holistically attack and dismantle this threat piece by piece once and for all.
 
I know that everyone has had enough of the senseless violence and loss of life. We have seen these cycles of increased – gun violence in the past and have taken action to meet the challenge head on. But this time it is different. We are all sick the devastating feeling we get when we see lives cut short for no good reason.
 
I want to invite you to join me for a Gun Violence Virtual Townhall on June 16th, 2021, at 6:30pm. Our panel will include various Chiefs of Police Departments discussing the obstacles they face and how our community can be part of the solution. Members of my Gun Violence Units will also participate, giving their perspective of the prosecutorial aspect of a criminal case.
 
In the coming week, I will be sending out a flyer for this event and I ask you to share it with anyone you know that wants to partner with us in putting an end to gun violence in our community.
 
The Zoom information for this event is
Meeting ID: 948 3332 6068
Passcode: 569472 
 
Our community is strong, and we must work together to face these challenges as they arise. Once again, we as government leaders and law enforcement, along with community organizations, religious groups and everyday people, need to roll up our sleeves and work together because lives depend on it…Miami-Dade County depends on it.
 
 
Stay healthy, safe and strong.
 
Sincerely,

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Presenting the Miami SAO Newsletter

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The Honorable Katherine Fernandez Rundle

Dear Friend,

Spring is here, and, after a very challenging year, it seems that we are almost on the other side of this pandemic. COVID-19 vaccines are more widely available, and many are choosing to take them as a step towards returning to a more normal life. 

As we turn the corner, I feel a sense of accomplishment that my office remained open for business this entire time and continued to protect the community while fulfilling our mission. Where there were many obstacles, we saw tremendous opportunities to innovate and move forward. 

Taking advantage of opportunities is key to success. I was able to expand upon this very point recently at the Women’s History Month Conference, “Year of the Woman: Exploring the Legal Landscape”, hosted by the Wilke D. Ferguson Bar Association. To view please click here. 

I joined a distinguished panel that focused on the importance of mentorship. I recalled how my mentor, Janet Reno, always said “Women can do anything they really want to do if it’s the right thing to do.” 

She gave me and the other women in the office opportunities that we might not otherwise have had, especially the opportunity to make tangible change and foster social renewal. For example, when I went to Janet and indicated that not enough was being done to help the victims of Domestic Violence, she simply said “Make a difference.” The result was Florida’s first prosecutorial unit devoted to domestic crimes. 

I have carried her words and her example with me through my professional and personal life. Mentoring young women and giving them opportunities to succeed ultimately benefits our entire community.

Currently, 173 of the 305 Assistant State Attorneys in my office are women. This is a stark contrast to when I first started at the SAO and there were only a handful of women prosecutors. Some male colleagues told us that we wouldn’t be able to make the cut. Well, what is it that they say about having the last laugh?  Mentoring has always been an opportunity to pass on what we have learned, yet it also gives us time to think of how far we’ve come, how much further we have to go, and to learn from those standing on our shoulders. I encourage you to be a mentor and support organizations that mentor young people. As a founding member of Women of Tomorrow and 5000 Role Models of Excellence, I can assure you that there is no more fulfilling a feeling than watching future generations flourish with our support. Stay healthy, safe and strong.

Sincerely

Katherine Fernandez Rundle
Miami-Dade State Attorney

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