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Federal prosecutor hired to enforce civil rights laws

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BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) - The U.S Attorney's Office in Vermont has announced that it has hired a new assistant U.S. attorney who will focus on civil rights issues.

The Burlington Free Press reports that Julia Torti is one of 34 prosecutors that have been hired around the country to focus on the enforcement of federal civil rights laws.

The office said Tuesday the Department of Justice created these positions and that Vermont was awarded one through a competitive application process.

The office says it has been developing a civil rights program since 2010 through community outreach, education and casework.

U.S. Attorney Eric Miller says the department and the U.S. Attorney's Office are "committed to a level playing field for all Vermont residents."

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