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Government Agencies
Crime and Law


Agency/Department Contact
U.S. Air Force (310) 235-7511
Air Force Office of Public Affairs  
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms & Explosives Meredith Davis
(818) 265-2500
U.S. Coast Guard (310) 235-7817
U.S. Customs and Border Protection Anne Sittmann
CBP Public Affairs
(202) 325-24905
Main: (619) 216-4182
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Betsy Glick
Office of Public Affairs (DC Headquarters)
(202) 324-2326
Department of Homeland Security
ICE/Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)
Customs and Border Protection (CBP)
Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
Secret Service
Transportation Security Administration (TSA)
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS)
L.A. County Office of Education Public Affairs/Communications
(562) 922-6360
Cancer Institute
National Cancer Institute (NCI)
(301) 496-6641
U.S. Navy Public Affairs
(310) 235-7481
U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Public Affairs (310) 268-3340

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Crime and Law

Expertise Contact
Criminal Defense James Blatt
(310) 385-8066

Dmitry Gorin
Criminal Defense – Federal Robert M. Helfend
(310) 456-3317
Cyber Crime Michael Panico
(206) 310-9972
(415) 295-7883
Elder Law and Personal Injury Jason Neufeld
(800) 379-8326
FBI Investigations
Homicide Cases
Financial Crimes
Illegal Gambling Rings
Ryan Blanch
(212) 736-3900
Insurance Fraud and White Collar Crime Aaron Spolin
Spolin Law Firm
(310) 424-5816
Law Enforcement
(Fraud Schemes, Undercover Investigations, etc.)
John Auvinen
(707) 453-0178
Medical Law Melissa Neiman, M.D., J.D. Board Certified Neurosurgeon
(832) 289-9610
Private Investigation Murphy Investigative Services
(213) 804-8484

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Expertise Contact
Alzheimer's Disease Alzheimer's Association
(312) 335-4078
Deaf/Hard of Hearing Maria Monte de Rey
California Association of the Deaf (CAD) LA
(818) 356-8215  
DNA and Genetics Debra Robertson, Ph.D.
(858) 792-8019
Emergency Medicine and Pediatrics and General Medical/Health Care Topics Michelle Shuffett, MD
(310) 995-6075
Lymphoma Peggy Ann Torney
Lymphoma Research Foundation
Director of Communications/Public Relations
(212) 349-2910
(310) 204-7040
Medical Experts, Malpractice, Criminal and Civil Cases Jane R. Leavy
(954) 346-6591
Neurosurgery Melissa Neiman, M.D., J.D. Board Certified Neurosurgeon
(832) 289-9610
Organ Tissue Donation and Transplantation Elizabeth Flynn
(310) 770-3842
Pediatrics, Primary Care and Minority Populations Health April Khadijah Inniss, MD, MSc
(617) 501-5920
Public Health Topics Hollywood, Health & Society at the
USC Annenberg Norman Lear Center
(323) 782-3311

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Expertise Contact
Addiction and Recovery SMART Recovery
Tom Horvath, Ph.D.
(858) 546-1100 x222
Bipolar Disorder (415) 281-3100
Parents, Families and Friends
of Lesbians and Gays
(202) 467-8180
fax: (202) 467-8194
Psychiatry/Forensic Dr. Blinder
(415) 453-8920

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Expertise Contact
Catholicism Paulist Productions
(310) 454-0688
Mormonism Public Affairs, West Coast
Matt Ball
(310) 475-7018
(800) 533-2444
(818) 388-9273
Muslims and Islam Imran Anwar
(646) 50-IMRAN or (646) 504-6726
Theological Accuracy Paul Viggiano

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Expertise Contact
Amer. Humane Assoc. Film & TV Unit
“No Animals Were Harmed”
(818) 501-0123
Archaeology (310) 206-8934
Chinese Culture Samuel Chong
(626) 487-8909
Computers (505) 913-9050
Croquet (503) 838-5697
Disabilities (Writers with Disabilities) Allen Rucker
Co-Chair, WGAW Writers with Disabilities Committee  
Firearms (703) 267-1300
GLAAD/LA Communications Department
(323) 933-2240
Literacy (916) 324-7358
Science and Technology
The Science & Entertainment Exchange, a program of the National Academy of Sciences
(844) NEED-SCI
Search & Rescue Alice Stanley
(540) 582-5708
Social Impact Topics
(immigration, racial justice, prison reform, LGBT/gender equality, disability, climate change, social and health policy)
UCLA Global Media Center for Social Impact in the Fielding School of Public Health
(310) 794-4616

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