Joseph learned the value of hard work and service to his community from his grandfather, an immigrant and small business owner. Drawn to public safety and criminal justice from a young age, Joseph was a Sheriff’s Deputy Explorer before being the first in his family to go to college and then law school. He has seen the brokenness of our system both as a defense attorney representing criminal defendants who want a fair shot at justice, and now as a prosecutor representing victims who want to feel protected under the law.
Joseph is a public servant, community leader and LGBTQ+ activist. He represents a generational shift in leadership, challenging the same politics as usual and building a movement to reclaim the District Attorney’s office for the people. Los Angeles County needs a new approach to criminal justice – one that doesn’t treat addiction as a crime, one that broadens our understanding of community safety, and one that ensures that justice is applied fairly to all.