Deputy District Attorney Maryanne Choi was recognized last week at the 20th Annual “Shine a Light” on Child Abuse Awards Breakfast for her dedication and commitment as a Crimes Against Children prosecutor. The annual event, hosted by Children’s Network, is held in April as a kick-off for Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month.
Deputy District Attorney Maryanne Choi is assigned to the West Valley Division Family Violence Unit, where she specializes in the prosecution of felony crimes against children. She has been prosecuting Crimes Against Children cases for the past 9 years and has been a Deputy District Attorney since 2001.
As a Crimes Against Children Unit prosecutor she handles both physical abuse and sexual abuse cases. These are some of the hardest cases for a prosecutor to handle. There are some very horrific crimes. Most often the perpetrator of the crime is a family member or friend. The children in these cases are particularly vulnerable and need the help of a caring and dedicated prosecutor to navigate what can be an extremely daunting process.
Deputy District Attorney Choi does an excellent of job of building rapport with the survivors of abuse so that they feel comfortable in what can seem like a hostile environment.
“Maryanne does an outstanding job of not only obtaining justice for child victims, but also protecting them from being further traumatized by the criminal justice process,” said Supervising Deputy District Attorney Bobbie Mann, who oversees the Family Violence Unit. “Prosecuting these emotionally difficult cases for so long takes a truly special and dedicated person. Maryanne is that person.”