The Justice Department on Thursday named three more recipients of awards from Women in Federal Law Enforcement.
The group has selected U.S. Attorney Diane Humetewa of Arizona to receive the WIFLE Foundation President’s Award “for her career as a prosecutor, a crime victims advocate and her dedication to the training of law enforcement to become more effective in responding to crimes on the tribal nation lands,” according the announcement.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Tina Sciocchetti of the Northern District of New York and Lisa Jennis Settel of the District of Arizona will be given the 2009 Top Prosecutor Award. They join Special Litigation Counsel Kristy Parker, of the Civil Rights Division’s Criminal Section, who will also receive the Top Prosecutor Award. We wrote about it here.
Sciocchetti is being recognized for her leadership of a work site enforcement investigation and prosecution involving IFCO Systems North America, the largest pallet management services company in the United States. In 2006, the Department of Homeland Security raided more than 40 IFCO pallet plants in 26 states. The action resulted in the detention of 1,182 illegal aliens, and in 2008, IFCO agreed to pay $20.7 million in back pay, penalties, and civil forfeitures. To date, nine IFCO managers have pleaded guilty to various immigration violations, and seven corporate officials are pending trial on immigration, tax and conspiracy charges.
WIFLE is honoring Settel for her successful prosecution of an alien smuggling rings that regularly committed violence against women and minorities. “She provided unparalleled support in the investigative phase and then transitioned into the prosecution phase, successfully obtaining federal convictions with lengthy sentences for alien smuggling, harboring, hostage taking, rape, assault, use of a gun, and other crimes committed by the various violent smuggling organizations operating in Arizona,” according to the announcement.
The group will present the prosecutors their awards at a banquet ceremony on June 17, 2009, in Tucson, Ariz.