THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROSE M. OCHI TO BE DIRECTOR OF THE COMMUNITY RELATIONS SERVICE AT THE DEPARTMENT OF JUSTICE
The President announced today his intent to nominate Rose M. Ochi to be the Director of the Community Relations Service at the Department of Justice.
Rose M. Ochi of Los Angeles, California, is the Acting Director of the Community Relations Service (CRS) at the Department of Justice. Prior to her current position, she was the Associate Director of State and Local Affairs at the Office of National Drug Control Policy. She was the former director of the Criminal Justice Planning Office and executive assistant to the Mayor of Los Angeles, California. From 1972 to 1974, she served as the staff attorney of the University of Southern California's Western Center on Law and Poverty. Ms. Ochi was appointed by President Carter to the Select Commission on Immigration and Refugee Policy and to the National Minority Advisory Council at the Department of Justice by the Attorney General. Ms. Ochi has served on numerous local and national committees and advisory boards dealing with youth violence and crime prevention, including vice chair-at-large of the corporate board of the United Way Campaign. Ms. Ochi has been the recipient of numerous awards and honors including the National Organization of Women's Buddy Award and the U.S. Department of Justice Award for Distinguished Public Service. Ms. Ochi received a B.S. degree from the University of California, an M.A. from California State University and a J.D. from Loyola Law School.
The CRS is a separate component within the Department of Justice which reports directly to the Office of the Associate Attorney General. Its statutory function is, under the Civil Rights Act of 1964, to assist communities in resolving discrimination disputes based on allegations of race, color or national origin. The Director of the CRS is a key position in the Administration's efforts to restore stability, reduce violence, and provide necessary resources in our nation's most stressed communities.