The Association of Prosecuting Attorneys (APA), founded in 2009, is a professional association of elected and appointed prosecutors in the United States. The APA's headquarters are in Washington, D.C.
The APA was founded in 2009 as a think tank providing training and technical assistance to prosecutors in the United States.
The APA mission is "To support and enhance the effectiveness of those in all areas of criminal justice and crime victim originations in their efforts to create safer communities."
The association's goals are to support prosecutors and enhance their ability to perform their duties.
The APA operates various programs to support the work of prosecutors in areas such as crime victim assistance, cruelty to animals and animal fighting, national security, gun violence, pretrial services, juvenile justice, and domestic violence. The association provides training, technical assistance, and access to technology which aides in the prosecutorial function.
Additionally, the association serves as an advocate for prosecutors in public policy matters and potential partnerships with other justice organizations.
Membership in the APA is open to elected and appointed prosecutors in the United States, as well as their deputies and assistants. This includes city attorneys, tribal prosecutors, district attorneys, attorneys general, and United States Attorneys.
The APA is governed by a board of directors and managed by a president and chief executive officer (CEO).
The current chairperson of the board is Paul L. Howard, Fulton County, Georgia district attorney, who began a two-year term as chair in July 2015 and previously served for five years as vice chair of the board. The current president and CEO is David LaBahn.
Positions on social and legal issues
The APA has taken a public stance on matters such as discovery, castle doctrine, gun violence, juvenile justice, pretrial process, continuous alcohol monitoring, and animal cruelty crimes.