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Mythili Raman, Assistant Attorney General (acting), Criminal Division

Raman has never wanted to do anything else but chase the bad guys. She's a DOJ lifer who still misses prosecuting in the trenches as the U.S. attorney she used to be. Raman, 43, now oversees the department's sprawling Criminal Division, but she worked as a line prosecutor for 17 years. "I miss trying cases a lot," she said, adding, "I never thought of doing anything else. It's a great place to work. You get to make a difference every day." A former assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland, she joined Justice in 2008 and in March took over on an acting basis at the division, where she oversees 600 attorneys who prosecute everything from narcotics offenses to financial fraud. In her own career, however, she is especially proud of the work she's done to combat human trafficking. In 2006, while assigned to the Greenbelt office, she secured a conviction in the case of a Montgomery County physician who held a teenager as a domestic slave. She joined the department in 1996 as an attorney in the division's Narcotic and Dangerous Drug Section. She also has extensive experience in prosecuting identity-theft crimes, having managed a dedicated task force during the George W. Bush administration. Raman graduated summa cum laude from Yale University in 1991 and with honors from the University of Chicago Law School in 1994.

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