A new wave of help and hope is on the way to struggling homeowners this month as non-profit organizations across Washington are set to receive millions of dollars in grants to fund foreclosure relief programs.
Last month, I concluded my one-year term as President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG). NAAG is an outstanding organization where attorneys general from across the country come together in bipartisan cooperation, pooling their expertise and legal might to tackle major issues facing our citizens, individual states and the country as a whole. Serving as president of NAAG is a remarkable experience and a great honor.
Each May, the Attorney General’s Office welcomes hundreds of very inspiring middle and high school students to one of the most important youth prevention events in our state. This year, I’m happy to report that the 2012 Spring Youth Forum, bigger and better than ever, was a huge success!
As you well know, recent years have been terribly tragic for our state’s law enforcement community, as local, state and federal police agencies across Washington have all been touched by the loss of an officer killed in the line of duty, and many others who have been seriously injured.
I’m very pleased to report that the 2012 National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Presidential Summit held in Seattle last month was a huge success! The Summit was crafted around my 2012 NAAG Presidential Initiative: "Pillars of Hope: Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking".
As you may recall, last summer when I was sworn in as the new President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG), I announced my plans to use my position to bring the fight against human trafficking to every state in our nation, and launched my 2012 Presidential Initiative: “Pillars of Hope – Attorneys General Unite Against Human Trafficking.”
I’m pleased to announce that 49 state attorneys general and the federal government reached agreement on a historic joint state-federal settlement with the country’s five largest loan servicers-- Ally, Bank of America, Citi, JPMorgan Chase and Wells Fargo. The settlement will provide as much as $25 billion in relief to distressed borrowers and direct payments to states and the federal government—including nearly $650 million for Washington state. It’s the largest civil settlement reached by the Attorneys General since the tobacco settlement.
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