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Monique Worrell for State Attorney

Introducing Monique H. Worrell: a trailblazer, a visionary, and a relentless advocate for criminal justice reform. As the Duly Elected State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court of Florida, Monique is not just a prosecutor, but a catalyst for change in a system that cries out for transformation. She was elected in November of 2020 to bring reform to a criminal legal system that is fundamentally flawed, in order to achieve equity and to move our system towards justice. She served as the chief prosecutor until August 2023. 

Born and bred in the vibrant streets of Brooklyn, New York, Monique’s journey to Central Florida in 1996 marked the beginning of her unwavering commitment to the pursuit of justice. Armed with a law degree from the prestigious University of Florida, College of Law, Monique embarked on a career as a Public Defender in Orange County, where she witnessed firsthand the injustices plaguing our criminal legal system.

Driven by a burning desire to right these wrongs, Monique ventured into private practice, where she sharpened her skills and deepened her resolve to challenge the status quo. But it was her role as a clinical law professor at her alma mater that allowed her to sow the seeds of change in the minds of future legal luminaries. Through innovative programs like “Your Future, Your Choice.” She also became a founding director of the University’s Criminal Justice Center and developed a rigorous program that has produced many criminal law practitioners across the state of Florida. Through these ventures, Monique empowered youth and future attorneys to navigate the complexities of citizenship and avoid the pitfalls of the criminal legal system.

Yet, Monique’s mission was far from over. As the founding director of the Ninth Judicial Circuit’s State Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Unit, she fearlessly led investigations into claims of wrongful conviction, exposing the flaws and biases entrenched within our legal framework. It was that experience that made her realize that change in the criminal legal system was critical and must come from within. Prior to being elected State Attorney, she served as Chief Legal Officer for a non-profit organization focused on criminal justice reform.

As the State Attorney, Monique stood at the helm of a new era of justice. Her tenure has been marked by bold initiatives, visionary leadership, and an unwavering commitment to equity. From pioneering programs to dismantling systemic barriers to the legal system—spearheading community outreach efforts to pushing robust violent crime prevention efforts—Monique’s impact reverberates far beyond her title.

As a keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant, Monique continues to inspire and empower individuals and organizations to challenge injustice wherever it lurks. In Monique, we find not just a prosecutor, but a champion of the oppressed, a voice for the voiceless, and a beacon of hope for a brighter, more just future. 

Join her on this transformative journey as we rewrite the narrative of justice together.

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