Vanessa Roberts Avery sworn in as Connecticut's first female Black US attorney
Vanessa Roberts Avery was sworn in as United States Attorney for the District of Connecticut today.
Avery, 47, of West Hartford, is the first Black woman to ever hold the position in the state.
President Joe Biden nominated Avery to serve as U.S. Attorney on Jan. 26, 2022, and the U.S. Senate confirmed her nomination on April 27.
“It is an honor to return to this office, in the city where I was raised, to serve as Connecticut’s U.S. Attorney,” Avery said in a press release. “I look forward to working with the many talented members of this office, as well as our dedicated law enforcement partners, to enforce federal criminal and civil laws, protect our communities, and ensure justice for all who live in our state.”
Avery supervises a staff of 68 Assistant U.S. Attorneys and 57 staff members at offices in New Haven, Hartford and Bridgeport.
Avery is the 54th U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut, an office that was established in 1789.