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Attorney General: Eric Holder
Department of Justice
950 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20530
202.514.2000
www.usdoj.gov







Role:
The Attorney General represents the United States in legal matters generally and gives advice and legal opinions to the President and to the heads of the executive departments of the Government when so requested. The Attorney General appears in person to represent the Government before the U.S. Supreme Court in cases of exceptional gravity or importance.

Background: The Department of Justice serves as counsel for its citizens. It represents them in enforcing the law in the public interest. Through its thousands of lawyers, investigators, and agents, the Department plays the key role in protection against criminals and subversion, ensuring healthy business competition, safeguarding the consumer, and enforcing drug, immigration and naturalization laws.

Historical Note: The Department of Justice was established by act of June 22, 1870 (28 U.S.C. 501, 503, 509 note), with the Attorney General as its head. The affairs and activities of the Department of Justice are generally directed by the Attorney General.

Bureaus under Jurisdiction:

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI)
935 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20535
202.324.3000
www.fbi.gov

Bureau of Prisons
320 First Street, NW
Washington, DC 20534
202.307.3198
www.bop.gov

United States Marshal Service
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530
202.307.9065
www.usmarshals.gov

International Criminal Police Organization – United States National Central Bureau
Department of Justice
Washington, DC 20530
202.616.9000

Drug Enforcement Administration
600-700 Army Navy Drive
Arlington, VA 22202
202.307.1000

Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street, NW
Washington, DC 20531
202.307.0703
www.ojp.usdoj.gov

Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
650 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20226
202.927.8500
www.atf.gov





Source: United States Government Manual