Katherine Fernandez Rundle

became State Attorney for Miami-Dade County in 1993. She has a long history of involvement in this community that dates back to her days at Miami Palmetto High School and her undergraduate career at the University of Miami.  She received her law degree from the University of Cambridge Law School, England.  State Attorney Fernandez Rundle prides herself in being a career crime fighter and has been relentless in her commitment to keep our streets safe. She is recognized as a pioneer in the creation of numerous programs dealing with issues that affect our community daily such as teen truancy, domestic violence, child support enforcement, and victim’s rights.  State Attorney Fernandez Rundle has served as the first and only Hispanic female on the State Constitutional Revision Commission. Her passion and interest in public service is in large part due to the inspiration of her father, Dr. Carlos Benito Fernandez, one of Miami’s first Hispanic Judges and a founding member of the Cuban American Bar Association (CABA), the largest Hispanic legal organization. Ms. Fernandez Rundle was elected as CABA’s first female President in 1991, a “first” of which she is extremely proud.

 AS STATE ATTORNEY

State Attorney Fernandez Rundle oversees the fourth largest prosecutor’s office in the nation with over 1,300 employees, 300 of them prosecutors also known as Assistant State Attorneys.  As the legal arm of the 37 different police departments in our county, the mission of the State Attorney’s Office is to see that the guilty are convicted while the rights of the innocent are protected. The State Attorney’s Office prides itself in being the voice for every victim that is wronged by crime.  Under her leadership the office has continually led the State of Florida in sending the most career criminals to prison and forcefully prosecuting corrupt public officials. Since she became State Attorney, Miami-Dade’s crime rate has dropped by 46%. Robberies are down by 65%; burglaries are down by 51%; sexual batteries are down by 62% and juvenile crime is down by over 50%. In addition to seeing that justice is carried out, her office is the only prosecutor’s office in the State of Florida that protects the rights of children with the creation and implementation of her Child Support Enforcement Division that annually handles over 90,000 cases. Other innovative programs to help prevent crime and provide rehabilitative opportunities such as the Drug Court, the Juvenile Gun Offenders Program, and the Second Chance Sealing and Expungement programs have all been established under the direction and leadership of State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle.

ACTIVE IN THE COMMUNITY

The State Attorney believes in sharing her time, influence, and resources with her community. She is a founding member of Women of Tomorrow, a mentoring program that looks to inspire and motivate young at-risk high school women. Ms. Fernandez Rundle is also very active in important organizations such as  Amigos for KidsMothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD)Citizens Crime WatchAmerican Heart AssociationKristi House and numerous others.