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Saving Lives and Addressing the Heroin/Opioid Epidemic

~ Enforcement, Education, Prevention ~

Attorney General Herring has made combating the heroin and prescription opioid epidemic a top priority, attacking the problem with a multifaceted approach that includes enforcement, education, prevention, and legislation to expand the availability of naloxone, encourage reporting of overdoses in progress, and expand access to the Prescription Monitoring Program.

He has also:

Attorney General Herring has been working on this problem since his first days in office, launching a comprehensive strategy in his first year in office:


~ Statewide spike in fatalities prompts five-part action plan ~

ROANOKE(September 8, 2014)--Attorney General Mark R. Herring today announced a series of initiatives to combat a recent rise in fatal overdoses of heroin and prescription opiates. Legislative, prosecutorial, and educational efforts will complement and build on the efforts of other state, local, and federal agencies to fight abuse of prescription drugs and heroin. During Attorney General Herring's public safety tour in March, the spike in abuse of and fatalities caused by heroin and prescription drugs was discussed at more than 75% of the tour's 22 meetings. Herring announced his five-part action plan during remarks at the annual conference of the Virginia Association of Chiefs of Police in Roanoke.









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Image of the words No Hate VA with the Attorney General of Virginia's seal as the letter 'O'NOHATEVA

"No Virginian should be singled out for abuse, harassment, or mistreatment because of who they are, what they look like, how they worship, where they come from, or whom they love. Hate crimes violate the civil liberties of victims and are contrary to the founding principles of our Commonwealth and our country."

Attorney General Mark R. Herring

Hate crimes are crimes committed against a person or property motivated in whole or in part by an offender's bias against a race, religion, disability, sexual orientation, ethnicity, gender, or gender identity.

In 2017, there were 202 hate crime offenses reported in Virginia.

These included:

  • 38 assaults based on racial bias
  • 44 property or vandalism crimes based on racial bias
  • 32 property or vandalism crimes based on religious bias
  • 68 bias-motivated crimes against African-Americans
  • 22 anti-Jewish crimes
  • 8 anti-Islamic crimes
  • 15 crimes based on actual or perceived homosexuality against men
  • 11 crimes against persons based on a mental or developmental disability

See the Virginia State Police’s full report on hate crimes in Virginia

There are important state and federal laws that can protect you, your family, your business, and your congregation from mistreatment because of your race, color, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin.





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Veterans Legal Services Clinic Intake Form



  • In order to be considered for the Veterans Legal Services Clinic, you must fill out this intake form in its entirety. A representative from the clinic will contact you over the following weeks.
  • If you and your spouse/partner would both like to request an appointment, you both must complete this intake form.
  • If you have questions, you may email the Veterans Legal Services Clinic at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us at (804) 786-2071.
  • You may also download this intake form and return it by mail to:
              Office of the Attorney General
              Veterans Legal Services Clinic
              202 North Ninth Street
              Richmond, Virginia 23219
  • Space is limited, apply today!

Attention: Before completing the Veterans Legal Services Clinic Intake Form, you must agree to the following Terms, Conditions, and Disclaimer. 

Terms, Conditions, and Disclaimer

  • The content provided on this form is for information purposes only and is not legal advice. Transmission of this information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. By using this form, you expressly agree that there is no attorney-client relationship between you and the Veterans Legal Services Clinic (Clinic), its participating attorneys, the Virginia Office of the Attorney General (OAG), the Virginia Department of Veterans Services (DVS), the Virginia State Bar (VSB), or any other affiliated organization.
  • All transmissions to and from the OAG, DVS, and the VSB, including, but not limited to, use of the Clinic online intake form cannot be guaranteed to be secure. Further, the OAG and associated organizations and persons cannot guarantee the security of your information or the storage of information. By agreeing to these terms you agree to hold the OAG, DVS, and the VSB harmless for any and all loss or disclosure of information transmitted online.
  • I agree that my relationship with the attorney who prepares my documents will terminate upon completion of the documents and there will be no ongoing representation or relationship. Additionally, I agree that the representation only extends to the preparation of the will, power of attorney, and advance medical directive.
  • No lawyer or law firm involved in the Clinic has performed a conflict search on your name or your spouse's or partner's name. If you are aware of any legal proceeding involving you and your Clinic attorney, please alert the attorney at the beginning of your Clinic appointment so that the attorney may arrange for another attorney to meet with you.
  • All discussions with an attorney will be kept confidential.
  • The OAG, DVS, the VSB, and the attorney who works with you to draft your documents will NOT keep copies of your will or other estate planning documents. Thus, it is up to you to keep your original documents in a safe, secure place.
  • You should understand that significant legal rights may be affected by having a married couple attend the same Clinic appointment. You and your spouse/partner have the option to both seek independent counsel regarding your estate plan.
  • Attorneys participating in the Clinic only advise veterans and their spouses/partners who submit this intake form and are accepted to participate in the Clinic, not beneficiaries or related individuals.
  • Some individuals need complex plans that may require assistance beyond what is available in this program. The attorney assigned to work with you will advise you if a referral is necessary in your case.
  • Any claim relating to use of this form or participation in the Clinic shall be governed by the laws of the Commonwealth of Virginia without regard to its conflict of laws provisions. Any dispute or other legal action concerning the Clinic shall be brought solely in the Circuit Court of the City of Richmond, Virginia.
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Law Enforcement Resources

Attorney General Herring Announces Initiatives to Promote Safe, Impartial 21st Century Policing in Virginia


The Office of Attorney General and the Department of Criminal Justice Services announce two Fair and Impartial Policing Training of Trainers (FIP TOT) regional opportunities. 

The Fair and Impartial Policing Perspective is based on the science of human bias, including the research on implicit bias—which can impact what people perceive and do, even in people who consciously hold non-prejudiced attitudes. The FIP Perspective leads to the conclusion that even the best law enforcement officers may manifest bias because they are human, and even the best agencies will have biased policing because they hire humans.

The FIP TOT allows teams of trainers to learn to implement both the recruit/patrol officers’ and first-line supervisors’ curricula. This 2.5 day TOT “walks” trainers through every aspect of the FIP Training Program and provides opportunities to practice teaching the modules of both curricula. 

At the conclusion of the TOT, trainers will be able to:

  • Understand and effectively communicate the science of implicit bias
  • Understand and effectively communicate that fair and impartial policing leads to safe, effective and just policing
  • Use the FIP Training curricula to teach academy recruits and patrol officers and first-line supervisors to: (1) recognize their conscious and implicit biases and (2) implement skills to promote fair and impartial policing in their daily work.


You must be a certified law enforcement officer and experienced trainer employed by a law enforcement agency or training academy. Two trainers from each agency must attend since the FIP curricula are team-taught. The agency/academy must be committed to training the FIP curricula following the TOT.  

Partial In-Service Credit

Law enforcement officers will receive PIC hours for the week. Mandatory attendance is required for all training sessions. 

Cost and Registration

There is no cost to attend this training.

  • Pre-registration is required.
  • Please note that the DCJS registration system does not have the capacity to sort eligible from ineligible registrants. Therefore, anyone who registers will receive a confirmation. It is the responsibility of the DCJS assigned course director to review the roster and make a final determination on acceptance into the course. Registrants not accepted will be notified via the email address provided during registration.

Training Time & Details

Day One - Check in begins at 7:30 a.m. 
Day One - Training begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 4:45 p.m.
Day Two - Training begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 4:00 p.m. 
Day Three - Training begins at 9:00 a.m. and concludes at 1:00 p.m.

Training Dates & Locations:

October 26, 2016 to October 28, 2016

8:00am to 1:00pm

Rappahannock Regional Criminal Justice Training Academy

2275 Third Street

22645 Middletown , VA

United States

See map: Google Maps

Virginia US

For More Information, Contact:

Albert Stokes

(804) 225-2091


Mark Fero, Office of Attorney General
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Veterans Legal Services Clinic

Attorney General Mark R. Herring is committed to supporting veterans who have risked their lives to protect the freedom Virginians and Americans enjoy each and every day. He is proud to announce the Office of the Attorney General’s very first pro bono veterans legal services clinic to help veterans create important legal documents including:

  • Wills
  • Powers of attorney
  • Advance medical directives

The clinics, in conjunction with the Virginia Department of Veterans Services and the Virginia State Bar, are available to veterans and their partners. 



To learn more about Attorney General Herring’s veteran initiatives, click here.

Veterans Legal Services Clinic pictures of the Attorney General Mark Herring signing wills and other legal documents for veterans that attended the clinic.


  • In order to participate, you must be a veteran or the spouse/partner of a veteran.
  • You must have a DD214 (Report of Separation or some other official document evidencing military service).
  • You must be a Virginia resident.
  • This program is designed to offer simple Wills, Powers of Attorney, and Advance Medical Directives – it is not designed to provide tax, estate or succession planning.
  • Your income, assets, expenses and geographic location must demonstrate that you do not have access to readily available attorney representation for estate planning and are therefore eligible to receive pro bono (free) legal services.


  • In order to be considered for the clinic, you must fill out the questionnaire in its entirety (link below). A representative from the clinic will contact you over the following weeks.
  • All clinics are appointment only (no walk ups) and will be scheduled on a first come, first served basis
  • If you and your spouse/partner would both like to request an appointment, you must both complete intake questionnaires
  • Please bring photo ID and DD214 (or some other official document evidencing military service) to your appointment
  • You may also download a questionnaire and return it by mail to:
    Office of the Attorney General - Veterans Legal Services Clinic
    202 North Ninth Street
    Richmond, VA  23219
  • Space is limited, apply today!