Yap hires new assistant attorney general

COLONIA, Yap (Yap State Government) — On Aug. 11, 2015, the newest member of the Office of the Attorney General arrived in Yap.

Rachelle Bergeron immediately began her tenure as the assistant attorney general of the state of Yap on Wednesday, Aug. 12, and was officially sworn in at the Yap State Court on Friday, Aug. 21.

Bergeron has practiced law for the past five years, with experience in litigation in Washington, D.C. and human trafficking outreach/human rights advocacy in New York City and India. She is a member of the New York State Bar.

Since taking one of the assistant AG positions in Yap, Bergeron has been engaged so far with reviewing contracts for offices such as the Department of Health Services, providing humanitarian assistance and doing legal research for the asylum seekers currently in Yap, as well as taking several criminal cases in Yap State Court.

She will be serving Yap state for the next two years, and hopes to join the FSM Bar Association in Feb. 2016.

For the time being, the AG's office is optimally operating with two assistant attorneys general: unfortunately Tiffany Holloman has served her last day at the AG's Office and left Yap for the U.S. after serving the state for the last two years. Holloman has passed her on-island duties to Bergeron, including her post on Yap's human trafficking task force.

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