The Multnomah County District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting offenders who commit state criminal law violations in Multnomah County. The District Attorney’s office is committed to the open and balanced administration of justice—one that honors and respects diversity in all of its forms. Rod Underhill is the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has approximately 200 staff members, including 78 appointed Deputy District Attorneys.

The Multnomah County District Attorney is responsible for prosecuting offenders who commit state criminal law violations in Multnomah County. The District Attorney’s office is committed to the open and balanced administration of justice—one that honors and respects diversity in all of its forms. Rod Underhill is the elected District Attorney in Multnomah County. The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office has approximately 200 staff members, including 78 appointed Deputy District Attorneys.

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  • Members of the DA’s Office volunteer at the Sunshine Division
    December 9, 2019

    Recently, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Portland Police Bureau and others volunteered at the Sunshine Division. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Cyber Monday crime prevention tips
    December 2, 2019

    Cyber Monday is today and the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is providing tips to our community to avoid becoming a victim of fraud or theft. Click "more" to see video and read more.

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  • W. Haywood Burns Institute releases report on Racial and Ethnic Disparities
    November 25, 2019

    On November 25, 2019, the W. Haywood Burns Institute released an report on Racial and Ethnic Disparities on Multnomah County's criminal justice system. Click "more" to read the analysis of the District Attorney's Office.

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  • No criminal charges to be filed following investigation into the handling of abuse reports received by Multnomah County Adult Protective Services
    November 19, 2019

    Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that after reviewing a criminal investigation into how Multnomah County Adult Protective Services (APS) handled abuse and neglect reports, there is insufficient evidence to support criminal charges against any county employee. Click "more" to read the full press release.

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  • Lane Christopher Martin death investigation grand jury transcript released
    November 6, 2019

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Lane Christopher Martin was posted to the District Attorney’s website.

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  • DA’s Office attends fourth annual Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities event
    October 24, 2019

    Members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, including District Attorney Rod Underhill, First Assistant Jeff Howes and Chief Deputy District Attorneys Don Rees and John Casalino attended the fourth annual Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities event held at the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard, Oregon. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Multnomah County proclaims October Domestic Violence Awareness Month
    October 17, 2019

    On October 17, 2019, Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney John Casalino and members of the District Attorney’s Victim Assistance Program attended a ceremony where the Board of County Commissioners proclaimed October as Domestic Violence Awareness Month in Multnomah County. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office provides Domestic Violence update to county board members
    October 16, 2019

    For National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office provided a briefing about the state of domestic violence. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Protecting your cybersecurity
    October 15, 2019

    Protecting your cybersecurity is important to avoid becoming the victim of identity theft. October is National Cybersecurity Awareness Month and the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office and Portland Police Bureau have tips for you and your family. Click "more" to see the full video.

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  • DA Underhill attends gun violence conference
    October 7, 2019

    Recently, as a member of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill attended the 10th national summit titled “The New Norm: Mass Shootings in America.”  Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Grand jury transcript released in David Wayne Downs officer involved death investigation
    October 1, 2019

    A transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of David Wayne Downs was posted to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website. Click "more" to read the transcripts.

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  • Informing the public about at-home sexual assault forensic evidence collection kits
    September 30, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to inform and educate the public about at-home sexual assault forensic evidence collection kits. Click "more" to see our video and to read the full story.

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  • DDA Sean Hughey selected to present at intellectual property training
    August 30, 2019

    Recently, Multnomah County DDA Sean Hughey presented at an annual Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) training in Albany, Oregon. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Tips to protect yourself from fitness center thefts
    August 12, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office works with business partners in the fitness industry to educate the community about locker room thefts. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA Rod Underhill joins prosecutors across the U.S. urging more gun violence prevention
    August 9, 2019

    On August 9, 2019, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill joined fellow prosecutions from across the country calling on Senator Mitch McConnell to reconvene the United States Senate to act on gun violence prevention. Click "more" to read the full letter.

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  • Finding a strategic solution to chronic neighborhood crime
    July 29, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office Neighborhood and Strategic Prosecution Unit works closely with law enforcement in Portland and Gresham. Click "more" to read a recent case spotlight.

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  • DDA Brad Kalbaugh saves two dogs running loose in traffic
    June 25, 2019

    On Tuesday, June 25, 2019, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Brad Kalbaugh saved two dogs running loose in traffic in Gresham, Oregon with the help of community members and Gresham Police. Click "more" to read the full story and to see some photos.

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  • Grand jury transcript released in Jeb Brock officer involved death investigation
    June 21, 2019

    The grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Jeb Brock was posted to the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website on June 21, 2019. Click "more" to access the transcripts.

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  • MCDA celebrates PRIDE
    June 17, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office proudly participated in this...

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  • DA volunteers pack kosher food boxes for Holocaust survivors
    June 7, 2019

    Recently, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office helped to sort and pack kosher food boxes for Holocaust survivors living in Multnomah County. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office hosts “Hands Up”
    May 10, 2019

    On May 10, 2019, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office hosted “Hands Up: 7 Playwrights, 7 Testaments,” part of the August Wilson Red Door Project. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Grand Jury transcript released in Andre Gladen death investigation
    May 9, 2019

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Mr. Andre Gladen was posted on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website.

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  • DDA Anna Fuller Earns Employee Sustainability Award
    May 7, 2019

    On May 7, 2019, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and the Board of Commissioners presented Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Anna Fuller with the 2019 Employee Sustainability Recognition Award. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Grand Jury transcript released in Samuel Rice death investigation
    May 3, 2019

    Today, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Samuel Rice was posted on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website. Click "more" to access the transcript.

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  • Child Abuse Prevention Proclamation
    April 25, 2019

    On April 25, 2019, Multnomah County declared April 2019 as “Child Abuse Prevention Month” in Multnomah County. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DDA Tara Gardner Presenter at Sexual Assault Awareness Month Conference
    April 19, 2019

    On April 19, 2019, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Tara Gardner, along with members of the Portland Police Bureau’s Sex Crimes Unit presented at the “Sexual Assault Awareness Month Conference.” Click "more " to read the full story.

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  • MCDA takes part in fundraiser for CARES NW
    April 18, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office participated in a fundraiser on April 18, 2019 in Northeast Portland for CARES Northwest. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office participates in Race Against Child Abuse
    April 13, 2019

    Recently, several members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office participated in the 11th Annual Amani Center Race Against Child Abuse. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Multnomah County proclamation for National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
    April 11, 2019

    On April 11, 2019, the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners proclaimed the week of April 7 through April 13, 2019 as “National Crime Victims’ Rights Week” in Multnomah County. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office participates in ribbon cutting of the Diane Wade House
    April 10, 2019

    On April 10, 2019, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill joined county and community representatives for the ribbon cutting of the Diane Wade House. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Crime Victims’ Rights Training
    April 9, 2019

    On April 9, 2019, as part of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office hosted a crime victims’ rights training for attorneys and non-attorneys. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office attends Building a Culture of Dialogue
    April 8, 2019

    On April 6, 2019, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill, Deputy District Attorney Melissa Marerro and Communications Director Brent Weisberg participated in the 16th annual Building a Culture of Dialogue event hosted by the Oregon State Press Broadcasters Council. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • District Attorney response to New Zealand terror attacks
    March 15, 2019

    On March 15, 2019, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office gathered with faith, civic, law enforcement, and allies at the Muslim Educational Trust in Tigard, Oregon to stand in solidary and to reject all forms of violence after the terror attacks on two New Zealand mosques killed 49 people. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office recognized for its Sexual Assault Kit Backlog Elimination Project
    March 13, 2019

    On March 12, 2019, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance, Jr., announced the results from his office’s $38 million initiative to test Sexual Assault Evidence kits, known as “SAFE kits,” in states across the country, including Oregon. Click "more" to read the full story and press release.

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  • Judge finds unresponsive woman; DA Investigator performs CPR
    March 8, 2019

    Multnomah County District Attorney Investigator Erin Martinek performed CPR, for approximately five minutes, on a young woman who was found unresponsive and not breathing by Multnomah County Circuit Court Judge Leslie G. Bottomly in downtown Portland, Oregon. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Supporting Oregon House Bill 2797 – “Taylor’s Law”
    March 1, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office proudly supports House Bill 2797, “Taylor’s Law," would require a prison sentence after a person is convicted of unlawful delivery of a controlled substance that results in the death of another person who used the controlled substance.  Click "More" to read the full story.

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  • Frequently Asked Questions About “Taylor’s Law”
    March 1, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is providing Frequently Asked Questions About "Taylor's Law," which is being considered by Oregon lawmakers. Click "more" to see the full story.

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  • Social Security voicemail scam alert
    February 26, 2019

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants the public to be aware that criminals may be attempting to impersonate members of the United States Social Security Administration (SSA) in an effort to defraud members of our community. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month
    January 29, 2019

    January is National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month. Click "more" to read about the efforts the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is taking to end human trafficking in all forms.

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  • Protecting your mail from theft during the holidays
    December 13, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to remind the community about the potential dangers of leaving mail and packages left unattended after delivery. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DA’s Office volunteers at Sunshine Divison
    December 12, 2018

    On December 8, 2018, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office volunteered at the Sunshine Division to help sort thousands of pounds of donated canned food. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • DDA Brendan Stabeno participates in ‘Democracy in Action’ event
    December 4, 2018

    On November 30, 2018, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Brendan Stabeno met with high school seniors as part of the yearly Democracy in Action event hosted by Central Catholic High School. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Grand Jury transcripts released in Patrick Kimmons death investigation
    November 26, 2018

    Click "more" to access both volumes of the transcripts released by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office.

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  • DA Rod Underhill participates in American Bar Association (ABA) panel
    November 9, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill recently participated in the 11th Annual American Bar Association Criminal Justice Section Fall Institute held in Washington, D.C. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • 2018 Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury report released
    November 8, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced the release of the 2018 Multnomah County Corrections Grand Jury report. Click "more" to read the full press release and the report itself.

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  • NDAA-APLAN opioid training held in Portland
    November 5, 2018

    The National District Attorneys Association (NDAA) and Addiction Policy Leadership Action Network (APLAN) hosted an opioid training in Portland, Oregon. Click "more" to read the entire story.

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  • Domestic Violence Awareness: The Role of a Victim Advocate
    October 26, 2018

    As part of National Domestic Violence Awareness Month, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is proud to take a stand against intimate partner violence and to raise awareness of crime victims’ rights. Click "more" to read about the work our victim advocates to do help support that effort.

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  • Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities
    October 19, 2018

    The Building Bridges of Understanding in Our Communities event was hosted by the Muslim Educational Trust and brought together leaders from law enforcement, civil society organizations and students to to reduce bias in our communities. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Vigil honors domestic violence survivors
    October 18, 2018

    As part of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill joined members of the community on October 18, 2018 at a vigil in Gresham to honor the survivors and to remember the lives lost due to intimate partner violence. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Mental health illness and the criminal justice system
    October 10, 2018

    The District Attorney’s Office remains committed to developing a strong and comprehensive response plan to reduce criminal activity committed by persons experiencing mental health illness. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Grand Jury transcript released in Jason Washington death investigation
    October 9, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of Jason Washington was posted on the Multnomah County District Attorney’s website.

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  • Volunteer Service Day at Blue Lake Regional Park
    October 9, 2018

    Recently, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office proudly participated in a volunteer project with Metro Parks and Nature at Blue Lake Regional Park in East Multnomah County. Click "more" to read the full story.

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  • Sexual Assault Victim Advocate team recruiting volunteers
    October 5, 2018

    The Victim Assistance Program (VAP) for the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is looking for dedicated and compassionate community members to join the volunteer Sexual Assault Victim Advocate (SAVA) team. Click "more" to read this entire story.

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  • National Recovery Month: LEAD® participant shares successes
    September 18, 2018

    As part of National Recovery Month, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is highlighting the story of a 31-year-old man from Portland, Oregon who overcame substance abuse and homelessness with the assistance of the Law Enforcement Assisted Diversion (LEAD®) program. Click "More" to read his story.

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  • SDDA Ujifusa appointed to be chair of national committee
    September 7, 2018

    This week, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office learned the National Advisory Committee on the Sex Trafficking of Children & Youth in the United States selected Multnomah County Senior Deputy District JR Ujifusa to be its Chair. Click "More" to read additional details.

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  • ODAA award given to Multnomah County Chief Deputy DA Chuck Sparks
    August 20, 2018

    Multnomah County Chief Deputy District Attorney Chuck Sparks received the Oregon District Attorney’s Association (ODAA) Professional Achievement Award. Click "More" to learn additional details.

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  • ‘Forward thinking’ probation helps police arrest longtime bike trafficker
    August 16, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office supports people participating in probation so they can remain in the community instead of going to prison. Click "more" to read about how "forward thinking" on a person's conditions of probation helped hold a well known bike trafficker accountable.

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  • Preventing human trafficking in Multnomah County
    August 10, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office’s Human Trafficking Team works to protect victims utilizing a three-prong approach. Click "more" to read the full article.

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  • Restorative justice in action
    August 7, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office introduced and supported a restorative justice sentence in the case involving Frederick Harmes-Sorrell. Click "more" to read the entire story.

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  • A new approach towards juvenile justice
    July 26, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office is seeing success with its Juvenile Justice Reinvestment Program. Click "more" to read a story about a recent plea agreement.

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  • Summertime crime prevention solutions
    July 20, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office would like to offer the public summertime crime prevention solutions. Click "more" to see the article.

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  • DA’s Office reminds public about dangers of leaving a child, animal unattended inside a vehicle
    July 11, 2018

    With hot weather expected, the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office wants to remind the public not to leave children or pets unattended in vehicles.

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  • District Attorney Rod Underhill participates in Youth Mentor Gathering
    June 27, 2018

    On Friday, June 22, 2018, the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office participated in the first Youth Mentor Gathering, which included a panel of mentees, mentors and public safety leaders, including Portland Police Bureau Chief Danielle Outlaw, Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury and District Attorney Rod Underhill.

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  • A prosecutor’s role in bail, pre-trial release decisions
    June 25, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office was proud to recently host the Association of Prosecuting Attorneys and MacArthur Foundation's Safety and Justice Challenge to discuss the role prosecutors have when it comes to making bail and pre-trial release decisions.

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  • Deputy DA participates in fundraiser with Portland Timbers
    June 18, 2018

    Multnomah County Senior Deputy District Attorney Nathan Vasquez recently participated in a fundraiser with the Portland Timbers.

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  • DA’s Office recognized at Portland Police Bureau awards ceremony
    June 15, 2018

    Members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office were among those honored on June 14, 2018 at the Portland Police Bureau Awards Ceremony held at City Bible Church.

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  • Statement on Portland Pride Week 2018
    June 14, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill released a statement on Portland Pride Week 2018. We celebrate Pride as a collective group. Click "more" to read the full statement.

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  • Legal Services Day marks successful one year anniversary
    June 12, 2018

    Legal Services Day recently celebrated its successful one year anniversary. The program was created by the Multnomah County District Attorney's Office in June 2017 and brings the courtroom into the community.

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  • Grand jury transcript released in Elifritz death investigation
    June 11, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill announced that a transcript of the grand jury proceedings in the death investigation of John A. Elifritz was released.

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  • Statement from Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill on contacts with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement
    June 5, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office does not, and will not, notify or alert immigration officials or agencies regarding individuals with whom we come into contact.

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  • Statement from Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill on the vehicular incident in Southwest Portland
    May 25, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is working with our...

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  • Multnomah County DA’s Office Supplementary Budget Report
    May 23, 2018

    To help give the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners and the people who live, work and visit Multnomah County a better understanding of our recent performance and our blueprint for the future, I am tendering this supplementary budget report.

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  • LEAD® program expands boundaries amid recent success
    May 16, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney's Office announces the LEAD® program is expanding into a new part of Portland in an effort to reduce future criminal behavior by people involved in low-level drug offenses and reduce the number of persons of color being arrested and referred to the criminal justice system.

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  • National Senior Fraud Awareness Day
    May 15, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office is proud to support...

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  • Career planning with high school students
    May 15, 2018

    Recently, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office participated in an event that gave students from Portland Opportunities Industrialization Center (POIC) and Rosemary Anderson High School (RAHS) the opportunity to connect with professionals working in our community.

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  • DA’s Office offers tips to avoid identity theft after ‘masterful’ ATM shoulder surfer convicted
    May 3, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office wants to remind the public about the vulnerabilities existing each day that could lead someone to become a victim of identity theft.

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  • Oregon Secretary of State audit commends efforts underway to eliminate SAFE kit backlog
    May 2, 2018

    A new audit focuses positively on the work of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office, Oregon State Police and the Portland Police Bureau to appropriately address the state’s Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence (SAFE) kit backlog.

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  • April is National Sexual Assault Awareness Month
    April 25, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office recognizes that all parts of society, including individuals, families, and communities, must come together and work to end sexual violence, which can have lasting, harmful effects on victims, their families and communities.

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  • National Child Abuse Prevention Month
    April 24, 2018

    On Saturday, April 21, 2018, members of the Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office participated in and supported the “Race Against Child Abuse.”

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  • Hot Topic: Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill presents at 2018 Tri-County Summit on Opioids and Addiction
    April 16, 2018

    At the 2018 Tri-County Summit on Opioids and Addiction, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill explained his office’s approach to combating the opioid epidemic at an individualized level.

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  • Hot Topic: National Crime Victims’ Rights Week
    April 16, 2018

    On Thursday, April 12, 2018, Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill read a proclamation for the Multnomah County Board of Commissioners as they proclaimed April 8 through April 14, 2018 as National Crime Victims’ Rights Week in Multnomah County.

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  • HOT TOPIC: EXTREME RISK PROTECTION ORDERS
    March 16, 2018

    Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhill has joined efforts with...

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  • HOT TOPIC: Treatment First Program Shows Positive Results
    February 23, 2018

    Since 1991, the Multnomah County Sanctions Treatment Opportunities Progress (STOP)...

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  • HOT TOPIC: LEAD® Program Helps Drug Users Break Cycle of Use
    February 23, 2018

    In an effort to reduce future criminal behavior by people...

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  • HOT TOPIC – Material Witnesses
    January 24, 2018

    The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office Material Witness policy is...

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  • HOT TOPIC – Juvenile Ballot Measure 11 Cases
    January 14, 2018

    In June 2016, District Attorney Underhill implemented a new policy...

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