The human trafficking prosecutor from the District Attorney’s Office of the 18th Judicial District has been named Prosecutor of the Year by the Denver office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
Senior Deputy District Attorney Kelley Dziedzic received the award this month at a ceremony at the Denver FBI office.
Dziedzic prosecuted Brock Franklin, who in November 2017 was sentenced to 400 years in prison for trafficking nine women and girls. It was the longest sentence ever handed down for human trafficking in any jurisdiction in the country.
Dziedzic started with the 18th Judicial District Attorney’s Office as a legal intern in 2010. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and the University of Denver Sturm College of Law.
FBI Special Agent in Charge Calvin Shivers presented the award to Dziedzic.
“We don’t care if it’s prosecuted in state court or federal court,” Shivers said. “The partnerships with our district attorneys and the Attorney General’s Office are critical because what we want to do is make our communities safe and take people who commit crimes off the street.”
District Attorney George Brauchler attended the ceremony with Dziedzic and other members of his office.
“We have prioritized the eradication of human trafficking in our jurisdiction. Hiring the best trained and most dedicated prosecutor and investigator in this burgeoning area of public safety was a commitment I made to the county commissioners who funded these positions. Here is the further proof we have done just that. I am honored to be Kelley’s boss and have her on our team,” Brauchler said. “I am proud of the work Kelley and our partners at the FBI and the Attorney General’s office have done in bringing some of the most despicable criminals to justice.”