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Marsetta Lee
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  Marsetta Lee was appointed Director of the Victims of Crime Compensation Office in February 2009 by Attorney General Anne Milgram. Lee oversees a staff of 37 persons in the office, which is responsible for distributing more than $10 million annually to victims of crime.  
  Lee graduated magna cum laude from Talladega College in 1984 and received her law degree from Temple University School of Law in 1987. She began her legal career as a law clerk for Superior Court Judge Joseph F. Greene Jr. in Camden County. She joined the Division of Criminal Justice in 1988.  
  During more than 20 years as a Deputy Attorney General with the Division of Criminal Justice, Lee has served victims in a number of capacities. Lee served as Legal Counsel to the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the Regional Medical Examiner’s Office from 1993 to 1999. She played a pivotal role in the reorganization of the State Medical Examiner’s Office and creation of the Regional Medical Examiner Office in Newark, which handles nearly one-third of the forensic death investigations in the State. In that capacity, she was involved in assisting families who had lost loved ones to crime.  
  Lee was Supervising Deputy Attorney General in the Policy and Planning Unit from 2000 to 2002. In 2002, she was promoted to Deputy Chief of the Law Enforcement Services Bureau, where she was responsible for managing the State Office of Victim Witness Advocacy, Grants and Compliance Unit, Medical Examiner Offices and the State Toxicology Laboratory, which became nationally certified for the first time during her tenure. She restructured the Office of Victim Witness Advocacy in order to maximize the use of grant funds for victim services and instituted additional policies and training requirements to ensure that victims were receiving adequate services consistent with federal and state regulations.  
  From 2006 to 2008, Lee served as Deputy Chief for Operation CeaseFire, assisting in the development and implementation of that program, which seeks to reduce gun violence in New Jersey’s cities through coordinated law enforcement efforts and community outreach.  
  In addition to her memberships in various professional and civic organizations, Lee is deeply engaged in volunteer programs and mentoring youth. She serves on the Governor’s Advisory Council on Volunteerism and Community Service and co-chairs its Awards Committee. She has mentored with Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Camp Fire Boys and Girls. She presents at career days in schools and teaches Sunday School at Macedonia Baptist Church. She also has spearheaded many initiatives to encourage youth to volunteer at Trenton Soup Kitchen, visit nursing homes and collect hygiene kits for the homeless.   
     
   
     
     
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