Attorney General of Arizona
January Contreras is running for Attorney General in Arizona where she will put people before special interests every time.
January Contreras has a long history of fighting for Arizona families. She worked as a county prosecutor and state prosecutor before founding Arizona Legal Women and Youth Services (ALWAYS) to fight for Arizona’s most vulnerable children and youth. ALWAYS provides children and young adults impacted by the foster care and runaway and homeless youth systems with access to free legal services. As a lawyer to victims of child abuse, January has seen first-hand the consequences of Arizona’s opioid and heroin epidemic. At ALWAYS, January has stood up to sexual predators and human traffickers and has taken the lead to combat violence against women.
At the Department of Homeland Security, January led the charge to establish the Council on Combating Violence Against Women. She served on the White House Council on Women and Girls under President Obama, contributed to the development of the U.S. National Action Plan on Women, Peace, and Security, and volunteered on the Board of Directors of the Arizona Coalition to End Sexual and Domestic Violence.
January prosecuted crimes as an Assistant Attorney General for the Office of the Attorney General, the department which she is now running to lead. January went after perpetrators of elder abuse and exploitation across the State. January Contreras has dedicated her career to protecting the most vulnerable communities in Arizona. Her strong belief in accountability earned her a reputation as a tough litigator and a fighter for justice. January has prosecuted white collar criminals who were out to steal from small business and the government. She has been a champion for the protection of children at risk of abuse and neglect
January previously served as the Interim Director of the Halle Center for Family Justice, and before that, she accepted an appointment in Washington, D.C. as the nation’s Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman. January also served as a Senior Advisor to Secretary Janet Napolitano and as a designee to the White House Council on Women and Girls. She used her leadership posts to launch the Combating Violence Against Women Initiative, which resulted in new training and resources to support the investigation and prosecution of crimes committed against immigrant victims, particularly battered women. January has also extensively served the State of Arizona as the leader of the Arizona Department of Health Services, a Health Policy Advisor to Governor Napolitano, and an Assistant Director at the Arizona Health Care Cost Containment System, Arizona’s Medicaid agency. In her early career, she worked with victims of crime as a Deputy County Attorney and Assistant Attorney General in Arizona. January earned her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Arizona.