Beau Biden has stood up for Delaware's most vulnerable citizens - making our state a national leader in protecting kids and seniors.
As Attorney General, Beau Biden has made it his mission to provide a voice for those who need it most, standing up to violent criminals, scam artists, and powerful interests on behalf of Delaware families.
A record of standing up for kids and families
The most heartbreaking crimes are the ones committed against children. And as a parent, Beau knows that there’s no such thing as too much security when it comes to our kids. That’s why, shortly after taking office, Beau established the Child Predator Task Force, bringing together law enforcement and prosecutors to target child predators.
His leadership has gotten real results: tough new mandatory sentences for child pornographers, $1.35 million in federal grants to combat predators, and increased registration requirements and improved tracking for sex offenders. Now Delaware is recognized nationally as a leader in protecting kids, only the second state to meet new federal guidelines for child safety.
Meanwhile, because victims of domestic violence too often slip unnoticed through the cracks, Beau has established a Family Division to specialize in cases involving women and children. He authored successful legislation making it easier for women to find protection against domestic abuse – and he is currently working to strengthen those safeguards further.
New protections for seniors
Delaware’s senior population is rising much faster than the national average. And while seniors are living longer, fuller lives, they are also at greater risk of abuse – on average, one is victimized every 2.7 minutes.
To give our seniors real security and a stronger voice, Beau launched a Senior Protection Initiative that, for the first time, gave law enforcement officers specialized training in recognizing senior abuse and assisting victims.
A new strategy to combat crime
Every Delaware family deserves to live in a safe neighborhood. And Beau knows that we need creative new strategies to fight violent crime. That’s why he implemented a community prosecution strategy, assigning prosecutors to specific neighborhoods so they can work alongside police and more effectively target criminals.
Beau has implemented a zero-tolerance policy for owners of property where drug crimes flourish. He assigned a deputy attorney general the sole mission of enforcing Delaware’s Nuisance Abatement Law, which gives owners of problem properties a simple choice: clean up your property or have it shut down. Beau’s work has led to the rehabilitation of more than 100 nuisance properties across Delaware.
Meanwhile, Beau has expanded the Victims Compensation Assistance Program’s (VCAP) operations to help victims of violent crime recover, reaching more Delawareans than ever before and awarding more than $2.3 million to victims so far this year so they can get counseling, pay medical bills, make up lost wages, or relocate. When Delawareans need a helping hand the most, Beau’s office is there.
A watchdog for consumers
Every day, Beau hears from Delawareans who’ve been victimized by consumer fraud – and he’s made his office a one-stop shop for reporting, investigating, and shutting down scam artists. He asked the legislature for – and received – new powers to fight for consumers, helping them to get justice faster and making those who rip off Delaware families pay up sooner.
Beau’s Mortgage Fraud Task Force is a new initiative designed to protect homeowners from shady lenders and help stop the rising tide of foreclosures. The Task Force empowers Delawareans with information about the mortgage and foreclosures processes, connects homeowners with counselors and agencies that provide free assistance, helps them find state and federal aid, and aggressively prosecutes foreclosure scams. In February, the Task Force’s work with the Consumer Protection Unit resulted in what is believed to be the largest mortgage rescue fraud indictment in Delaware’s history.