Nessel Adds Career Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Prosecutor to Team

Contact: Kelly Rossman-McKinney 517-335-7666
Agency: Attorney General

October 30, 2019

LANSING - Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel today announced the addition of Assistant Attorney General Danielle Russo Bennetts to her department. Russo Bennetts will lead the department’s Cold Case Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit, a unit supported by a special grant through the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women and administered by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

"I have known and worked with Danielle for years and have total confidence in her skills and experience as a career criminal sexual assault prosecutor," Nessel said. "She brings talent, intellect and passion to this incredibly challenging and essential position. We are lucky to have her on our team.”

Russo Bennetts joined the department last week after serving as the director of the Violence Against Women Project for the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan (PAAM), where she trained prosecutors across the state on cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, intimate partner homicides, and stalking. Prior to joining PAAM, Russo Bennetts served 15 years in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office, serving as the lead attorney for the sexual assault team. She is a two-time graduate of Wayne State University – earning both her bachelor’s and juris doctor degrees – and has handled hundreds of sexual assault and domestic violence cases in her career.

“We look forward to continuing to support the important work being done by the Michigan Attorney General’s office Cold Case Sexual Assault and Domestic Violence Unit,” said Debi Cain, Executive Director of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

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