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Monday, June 14, 2004

Alex Acosta

The Miami Herald has a nice profile on the man who heads the U.S. Justice Department's Civil Rights Division:

The Cuban American from Miami who entered Harvard University at age 17 is now the point man in the government's drive to halt trafficking of an estimated 15,000 people a year into the United States for slavery...

Conservative, smart and young -- he is 35 -- Acosta has helped launch anti-trafficking campaigns this year in four cities: Phoenix, Philadelphia, Atlanta and now Tampa. He made more news last month when he reopened the investigation into the death of Emmett Till, a 14-year-old black youth whose abduction and killing in Mississippi in 1955 helped spark the civil rights movement.

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