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Miriam E. “Mimi” Rocah was elected in November 2020 after running a grassroots campaign centered on an aggressive platform for reforming and modernizing the Westchester County DA’s Office, rebuilding trust between law enforcement and the communities it serves, and fighting for a safer and fairer criminal justice system for all of Westchester.

From transparency, accountability and conviction integrity to reducing gun violence and better addressing mental health issues, DA Rocah’s comprehensive and ambitious vision for the DA’s office is based on her 16½ -year career as a federal prosecutor, where she prioritized victim-centered, trauma-informed policies; and on her personal experience as a daughter of victims of crime.

DA Rocah served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney from 2001 to 2017 in the Southern District of New York (SDNY), where she oversaw the prosecution of organized crime, gun traffickers, corrupt public officials, narcotics dealers, sex traffickers, and child predators. She received numerous U.S. Department of Justice awards including the 2016 Women in Federal Law Enforcement Leadership Award.

In 2012, under President Obama, she was promoted by U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara to Chief of the Westchester Division for the Department of Justice. In that position, she served as primary liaison with law enforcement agencies and other prosecutorial offices including the Westchester District Attorney’s office, and coordinated and co-chaired multi-county task forces on specific issues such as human trafficking and the opioid overdose epidemic. She has organized and led numerous forums in Westchester on public corruption, sexual and domestic violence and online child predators.

Prior to her career at SDNY, DA Rocah clerked for Judge John Gleeson of the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and Judge Chester J. Straub of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She also worked as a litigation associate at the law firm Cravath, Swaine and Moore.

Most recently, DA Rocah was Pace University School of Law's Distinguished Fellow in Criminal Justice and a legal analyst for MSNBC and NBC News.

A native of Chicago, Illinois, DA Rocah graduated from New York University School of Law, magna cum laude and Order of the Coif, and earned a B.A. in American History, magna cum laude, from Harvard University.

She lives in Scarsdale with her husband and two children, who attend Westchester public schools. DA Rocah has served as the PTA School Safety Chair at Fox Meadow Elementary School. She has also been an active volunteer working to end gun violence with Moms Demand Action and a recent board member of My Sister’s Place, an organization that helps victims of domestic violence and human trafficking.


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