Attorney General Lynn Fitch announced the launch of a Special Victims Unit, a special team focused on crimes against children, the elderly, adults with special needs, and victims of sexual assault, human trafficking and domestic violence.
“Helping vulnerable citizens has always been a top priority for my office,” said Fitch. “Victim-focused crimes are difficult cases that require special attention from uniquely and highly experienced investigators and prosecutors who are dedicated to serving justice with compassion and care. While we cannot undo the past, we can restore the survivor’s dignity, trust and hope.”
Fitch tapped veteran prosecutor Stephanie Brown to lead the Special Victims Unit. With extensive experience prosecuting violent offenses against children and the elderly, and working with victims of sexual assault and aggravated assault domestic violence, Brown will lead 11 investigators and prosecutors who are similarly equipped at handling victim-focused criminal offenses.
Prior to joining the Attorney General’s Office as the Deputy Director for the Public Integrity Division, Brown served as an Assistant District Attorney in the Eleventh Circuit Court District for several years. As a prosecutor in the Mississippi Delta, Stephanie tried many violent felony offenses. Stephanie also served as a judicial law clerk to two Hinds County trial court judges and two Mississippi Court of Appeals judges. As a senior appellate law clerk, she drafted judicial opinions on direct appeals and post-conviction relief petitions. Stephanie is a member of the Family Crisis Services Interpersonal Violence Response Team and the Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force.