Sarah McClellan is an Assistant U.S. Attorney (AUSA) and Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.  In her current position, which she has held since September 2016, Sarah leads a team of approximately thirty professionals devoted to the provision of comprehensive support and assistance to crime victims and witnesses.  Sarah is responsible for handling all legal issues and Office training needs that arise in the area of crime victims’ rights, witness security, or victim advocacy and is frequently called upon by government and community entities to offer guidance on these issues.  Prior to leading the Victim Witness Assistance Unit, Sarah worked closely with survivors of child and adult sexual abuse when she prosecuted felony sexual assault cases for eight years. Sarah received her Bachelor of Arts degree, magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa, from Skidmore College and her Juris Doctor degree from the Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, where she was an editor of the Catholic University Law Review.  Following law school, Sarah clerked for the Honorable Lee F. Satterfield of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia.  In October 2005, Sarah joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office as an Assistant U.S. Attorney and has served in the Domestic Violence Misdemeanor, General Misdemeanor, Felony Trial, Grand Jury, and Domestic Violence Felony sections of the Superior Court Division.  Beginning in 2008, Sarah served as a senior AUSA in the Sex Offense and Domestic Violence Section, where she prosecuted felony sex offense cases in Superior Court, as well as federal sex offender registration violation cases in District Court.  In 2016, she began serving in her current role as the Chief of the Victim Witness Assistance Unit.


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