Law and Crime

Attorney General Mark Herring and the Federal Trade Commission have announced one of the largest charity fraud actions ever brought by enforcers. The FTC, Virginia, all other states, and the District of Columbia have charged four cancer charities and their operators with bilking more than $187,000,000  from consumers. The joint enforcement action alleges deceptive solicitations. 

It’s been a month since 20-year-old Grace Mann was murdered in her Fredericksburg home.  The University of Mary Washington student had been active with a group called Feminists United, which had been the target of threatening posts online.  Now, a national group has filed a complaint with the federal government – charging the school did too little to protect women on campus. 

Children typically have a state-provided safety net if they're left without a suitable parent—especially when they've been abused. But what about the elderly adult or someone who suffers from a disability or mental illness?  Who do they turn to? Who takes care of them, and who pays for it?  These are some of the many questions the Commonwealth is trying to answer.  

Last year alone Adult Protective Services investigated more than 17,000 reports of adult abuse, neglect, or exploitation, with about 1,800 of them perpetrated by family members.  

While a domestic violence victim may be too afraid or embarrassed to admit that he or she is being abused, pets that witness or endure it don't lie.  And now with a backdrop of the trauma endured by pets, animal control, law enforcement, and victims’ advocates are learning how to identify and pursue domestic abuse cases.  

Some Virginia lawmakers admit that they take it personally when sex traffickers decide to make the Commonwealth a hub for their business—especially since they target children. It's why even after making great strides over the last several years in holding those predators accountable, lawmakers remain very aggressive in stopping this at the source. 

Many studies reveal that traffickers target runaways and children from broken homes who have been through the foster care system. Alicia Cundiff with Richmond Justice Initiative explains why.