Outreach

The Cook County State's Attorney's Office Community Leadership Awards Ceremony is held in conjunction with the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception. The Community Leadership Award honors the accomplishments of an outstanding individual in the Asian Pacific American Community who has demonstrated a commitment to the prevention of crime and the care of crime victims.

For the past 18 years the Cook County State's Attorney's office has been recognizing distinguished attorneys and judges within the African-American community with the C.F. Stradford Award. Cornelius Francis Stradford was a pioneering civil rights attorney and a co-founder of both the National Bar Association and the Cook County Bar Association.

The Cook County State's Attorney office sponsors various community events throughout the year, such as the C.F. Stradford Awards, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the El Humanitario Awards.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office Community Justice Centers (CJCs) were founded on the principle that prosecutors have a responsibility not only to prosecute cases but to solve public safety problems, prevent crime and improve the quality of life for communities.

The Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office is committed to establishing and maintaining a culture of trust and open communication between residents and the Office to increase the public’s understanding of the Office activities and to improve public safety. As such, we are actively seeking to build and strengthen our community partnerships.

Since 1991 the Cook County State's Attorney's Office has annually paid tribute to an outstanding Hispanic Lawyer in recognition of Hispanic Heritage Month, which runs from September 15 through October 15. Candidates for the award are selected by members of the State's Attorney's Hispanic Advisory Council.

Youth can become involved with a BARJ program at various points in the juvenile justice process. Law enforcement may divert cases as a part of a formal or informal station adjustment. Prosecutors may choose to divert cases to a BARJ-based program in lieu of filing formal charges.