The luncheon was sponsored by the U.S. Naval Support Activity Midsouth's American Heritage and Diversity Committee Sep. 30th. The NSA observes National Hispanic Heritage Month from Sep. 15 - Oct. 30, 2014.
Asst. D.A. Leon spoke to attendees about the many contributions Hispanics have made to our nation's history. He also spoke about the importance of reporting crimes in the Hispanic community.
"Many members of the Hispanic community are often targets of crime," said Leon. "Criminals think that these victims are less likely to report crimes committed against them. We need to educate our Hispanic citizens about the criminal justice process, before crimes occur."
Jose is a native of Maracaibo, Venezuela and was a corporate attorney prior to moving to the Memphis area and becoming a U.S. citizen. He as been with the Shelby County District Attorney's office for 14 years.
Asst. D.A. Leon is assigned to the DA's Special Prosecution Unit (SPU). The unit prosecutes repeat criminal offenders, seeking the maximum allowable sentences for these offenders under state law.
Jose has served in many volunteer capacities for the Hispanic/Latino communities in the Memphis Area. He served as a Policy Council member of the early childhood development programHead Start for three years, where he helped extend the program's outreach to the Hispanic community. He also served on the Shelby County Mayor's Hispanic Task Force and is a former member of "Pathway to Dignity," an organization that assists first-time criminal offenders' re-entry to society.
Jose, his wife Mary and their daughter are members of St. Peters Catholic Church in downtown Memphis.