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Avery Sworn in as Top US Prosecutor for Connecticut

U.S. Department of Justice

Vanessa Avery was sworn in Monday as the U.S. attorney for Connecticut, becoming the first Black woman to serve as the state’s top federal prosecutor.

Avery, who worked previously in the office of the state attorney general, was nominated for the post by President Joe Biden and confirmed by the U.S. Senate last month. She was sworn in by Judge Stefan Underhill in New Haven.

At the attorney general’s office, Avery led investigations on issues including opioids, cybersecurity and civil rights as chief of the Division of Enforcement and Public Protection. Avery grew up in New Haven and graduated from Yale University.

“It is an honor to return to this office, in the city where I was raised, to serve as Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney,” said Avery. “I look forward to working with the many talented members of this office, as well as our dedicated law enforcement partners, to enforce federal criminal and civil laws, protect our communities, and ensure justice for all who live in our state.”

Avery replaces U.S. Attorney John Durham, who left office in February 2021 following Biden’s election. Leonard Boyle had been filling in as acting U.S. attorney.

Avery is the 54th U.S. Attorney for the district of Connecticut.

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