Preventing Human Trafficking on 'World Day Against Trafficking in Persons'

San Diego, California - Every year there is an estimated 8,000 new victims of sex trafficking in San Diego County, making human trafficking the second-largest underground economy after drugs, generating over $810 million in revenue per year. To bring awareness to this worldwide issue, the United Nations’ designated July 30 "World Day Against Trafficking in Persons." To commemorate this day, the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office joined the Bilateral Safety Corridor Coalition and the Consulate General of Mexico in San Diego during a “Human Trafficking Awareness and Prevention” conference, where District Attorney Summer Stephan explained the impact of this crime in our region.

Attorneys General Becerra, James Sue Trump Administration for Unlawfully Cutting Penalties for Industry Violations of Fuel Efficiency Standards

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and New York Attorney General Letitia James, leading a coalition of 13 states, today filed a lawsuit in the Second Circuit of Appeals challenging a final rule issued by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) that reduces necessary penalties for automakers that fail to meet corporate average fuel economy standards (CAFE).

Attorney General Urges Congress to Pass Strong Legislation to Address Contamination from Dangerous PFAS Chemicals

Sacramento, California - California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, as part of a coalition of 22 attorneys general, Tuesday filed a letter in support of Congress’ efforts to pass legislation addressing the dangers of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). In the letter, the attorneys general provide recommendations to address PFAS contamination and urge that any new law not impair states’ protection of their own communities.

San Diego Zoo Global Honors Jamie Rappaport Clark for Lifetime Commitment to Endangered Species Conservation

San Diego, California - The president and CEO of Defenders of Wildlife, Jamie Rappaport Clark, was awarded the San Diego Zoo Global Conservation Medal for Lifetime Achievement today at the annual Friends of Animals luncheon. The award is presented to conservationists who have demonstrated long-term commitment and results in the fight to protect species from extinction.

“Wildling” mice could help translate results in animal models to results in humans

Washington, DC - Researchers at the National Institutes of Health developed a new mouse model that could improve the translation of research in mice into advances in human health. The mouse model, which the scientists called “wildling,” acquired the microbes and pathogens of wild mice, while maintaining the laboratory mice’s genetics that make them more useful for research. In two preclinical studies, wildlings mirrored human immune responses, where lab mice failed to do so. Led by scientists at the NIH’s National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK), the study published online in Science.

The fish that didn’t get away

Edina, Minnesota - A pair of boys will have a spectacular fish story to tell their classmates when they return to school. And, says the Association of Mature American Citizens, they’ll have the video to prove that they indeed did catch a more than six-foot long sturgeon.