Meet Deputy District Attorney Sherry Thompson-Taylor, who has worked at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office for 25 years and is the Chief of the Insurance Fraud and Workplace Justice Division. She runs a diverse and complex division made up of seven units, which are grant funded through the California Department of Insurance to investigate and prosecute insurance fraud violations. The division has a newly established unit which investigates and prosecutes claims of workplace violations. Sherry’s job also includes grant writing, managing budgets and participating in state and local audits.
Why did you decide to work at the DA’s Office?
“I knew that I wanted to make a difference in people’s lives,” Sherry said. “Underserved communities have historically been poorly represented in the District Attorney’s Office and in the Superior Court. I believed that if I could influence people both in and outside the office, we could see a culture shift of acceptance and growth in the criminal justice system which includes fair representation and just determinations.”
Why is Black History Month important to you?
“As a child, Black History Month was an awkward and limited acknowledgement and recognition of Blacks and African-Americans to this country. Now, I truly appreciate the opportunity to discuss and highlight annually the sacrifices and contributions my ancestors made to build the foundation of this great country. As more and more of us learn the history of both enslaved people and underrepresented communities, we see how all of our family members have contributed to the fabric of our diverse society.”
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