Erin Blondel is an Assistant United States Attorney for the Eastern District of North Carolina, where she specializes in prosecuting civil rights violations, human trafficking offenses, complex child sexual exploitation, sexual assault, and other violent crimes. She has served as the office’s criminal civil rights coordinator and human trafficking coordinator, winning the Department of Justice’s 2019 Director’s Award for an Outstanding Criminal AUSA for her work successfully prosecuting the first human trafficking trial in the Eastern District of North Carolina. She also spent two years as an academic research scholar at Columbia Law School researching and writing about federal criminal law and crime victimization and has published in the Notre Dame Law Review and the Duke Law Journal.
Erin is active in the North Carolina Bar Association and is a past chair of the Appellate Practice Section. Before becoming a federal prosecutor, Erin practiced civil and appellate litigation in New York City; Washington, D.C.; and Raleigh, North Carolina. She also clerked for Judge Sandra L. Lynch of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Erin graduated summa cum laude from Duke Law School, where she served as an executive editor for the Duke Law Journal, obtained a master’s degree from Oxford University with distinction, and earned her bachelor’s degree magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame.