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Ruben Perez - Special Crimes Bureau Chief

Ruben Perez is a career prosecutor who recently retired from the Department of Justice, where he was an assistant U.S. attorney and chief of the Human Trafficking/Civil Rights Unit.

He was also assigned to the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Force, where he prosecuted narcotics-related organized crime and money laundering cases.

Ruben was deputy coordinator for the Human Trafficking Rescue Alliance of the Southern District of Texas. Ruben received his Bachelor of Science degree in 1974 from Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. He studied international law at the London School of Economics in London, England in 1978. He graduated from the Thurgood Marshall School of Law, in Houston, and was admitted to the State Bar in 1980.

Ruben has served as a prosecutor throughout his career, which began in 1980 with the City of Houston, where he served as an assistant city attorney.

In 1981, he became a Harris County District Attorney’s Office prosecutor and spent 11 years handling a range of felonies including multiple death-penalty cases. Ruben joined the Department of Justice in 1992.

Among the cases Ruben has successfully investigated and prosecuted were the five defendants who burned a cross at the home of a family in Katy.

He also prosecuted three Immigration and Naturalization Services deportation officers for the deprivation of the civil rights of an undocumented immigrant during a raid in Bryan. All three defendants were convicted of denying medical care to the man who was paralyzed and died a year later of his injuries.

Also, the largest human trafficking case ever prosecuted in the continental United States was led by Ruben. More than 100 victims were rescued in one night.

 Among the notable awards for his work are three Executive Office for United States Attorney’s Director’s Awards. He has also been recognized as among the distinguished alumni of Southwest Texas State.

He is also a saxophone player and a member of the Tejano Music Hall of Fame.