- Associated Press - Monday, December 5, 2016

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - A newly hired federal prosecutor is now one of five U.S. attorneys in Vermont who will focus on civil rights issues facing residents.

The Burlington Free Press reports (https://bfpne.ws/2gYafFy ) 31-year-old Julia Torti started her tenure as an assistant U.S. attorney on Monday. She’s one of 34 prosecutors hired around the country to focus on the enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

The U.S. Attorney’s office said last week the Department of Justice created these positions and that Vermont was awarded one through a competitive application process.

Torti, of Essex, tells the newspaper she hopes the office can approach civil rights situations or potential violations from a collaborative standpoint.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Nikolas Kerest says housing discrimination and unequal treatment in schools are among the biggest civil rights issues facing Vermonters.

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Information from: The Burlington Free Press, https://www.burlingtonfreepress.com

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