In one of her last organizing projects as mayor of Oakland, Jean Quan announced last week a new effort to stop the sexual exploitation of children along a stretch of East Oakland. The city began putting more police officers on the streets late last month in order to discourage pimps, as well as adult males seeking to buy sex, from preying on victims and minors at risk.

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Congresswoman Barbara Lee, alongside Mayor Jean Quan, Alameda County Supervisor Keith Carson, and San Leandro Mayor Stephen Cassidy, announced Oakland and Richmond were chosen for the U.S. Department of Justice's Violence Reduction Network initiative.

In dual news conferences in Oakland and Washington D.C., Congresswoman Barbara Lee and U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announced Tuesday that Oakland and Richmond have been named by the Justice Department as part of a new national program that Holder called an “all-hands approach to curbing endemic violence” in five U.S. communities with high violent…

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