Attorney General Loretta Lynch notified Congress on Wednesday that she has refocused the Justice Department's work on fighting terrorism, cyberthreats, white-collar crime and human trafficking.
In written testimony to the House Judiciary Committee, Lynch said that the Justice Department has charged approximately 70 people with foreign fighter-related crimes since 2013. She was due to testify Wednesday at the committee, and while the hearing was postponed, the committee made her prepared remarks available.
On the cyber front, Lynch created a unit within the criminal division's computer crime and intellectual property section. The Justice Department's national security division is also undertaking an initiative to "promote information sharing and resilience as part of the division's national asset protection program," Lynch wrote.
"I have also been meeting personally with corporate executives and general counsels around the country to spread our message of cyber-awareness, to encourage strategic collaboration and to find promising new ways to protect American consumers from exploitation and abuse," she wrote.
As for white-collar crimes, Lynch said she has "recalibrated" the Justice Department's approach on that front. "The aim is to strengthen our ability to go after individual defendants, both criminally and civilly, in connection with investigations of corporate misconduct," she wrote.
Under Lynch, the Justice Department now requires companies to investigate and identify employees involved in corporate misconduct cases if the company is to receive any consideration from the department for cooperating.
"The new policies will not only help us bring individual wrongdoers to justice — thereby deterring future illegality and incentivizing corporate behavioral reform — but will also send an unmistakable message that, in the eyes of the Justice Department, committing a crime behind a desk is no different than committing one behind a mask," Lynch stated.
Finally, Lynch said that helping human trafficking victims is a personal cause of hers.
Back in June she expanded the anti-trafficking coordination team initiative, which coordinates across the departments of Justice, Labor and Homeland Security. Additionally, the Justice Department in September announced $44 million in grants "to help support research, bring more traffickers to justice and care for survivors," Lynch stated.