My name is Junaid “J” Afeef as your next Kane County State’s Attorney I will keep our community safe, work with everyone with the stake in our county’s health to prevent crimes, protect all victims, and promote healthy communities.
I have 25 years of experience in criminal and civil courtrooms and in advising government agencies.
I have worked with law enforcement to prevent violent crimes, mass causality violence, domestic terrorism, and homegrown violent extremism.
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At the end of 2018 three homicides remained under investigation. The 2018 annual report from the Kane County State’s Attorney attributes the inability to solve these violent crimes to “gang-affiliated witnesses who refuse to cooperate with authorities.”
It is unacceptable that homicides cannot be solved because community members are not cooperating with law enforcement. It is equally unacceptable to lay the blame squarely at the feet of the communities directly impacted by violent crimes, and it raises serious concerns when the State’s Attorney’s Office uses terms like “gang-affiliated witnesses.”
It is accurate that witnesses to violent crimes are sometimes reluctant to cooperate with law enforcement. This problem is not unique to Kane County. The challenge is to ask the hard questions, engage in the often uncomfortable dialogue, and work to build the trust needed to solve and even prevent violent crimes.
The United States of America represents approximately 5% of the world’s population. Sadly, 25% of the world’s imprisoned population is right here at home. According to a report by the Vera Institute of Justice, Black people are 3.6x more likely to be incarcerated in local jails than white people nationally.
In Kane County the rate of jail incarceration black people is much higher than the rate of incarceration of white people. The rate of incarceration of LatinX community members is also at a higher rate than white people.
The first step to solving the problems we face is to have a robust conversation around these issues. One of the best place for those conversations are during elections.
In 2020 Kane County has the opportunity to elect a State’s Attorney that can provide safety and healthy communities. It is also an opportunity to ensure that a strong and independent voice remains at the head of the Kane County State’s Attorney to protect the interests of the people.
Going forward the next Kane County State’s Attorney must build on the good works in place and strive to further improve the administration of criminal justice in Kane County.
Our campaign is humbled, honored, and grateful to receive the endorsement of Sen. Bernie Sanders! Voters of Kane County who share our belief that safety, justice, and equity go hand in hand: Let's Go! We need to organize and mobilize in the final weeks of this campaign! We got this!
I'm honored to receive the endorsement of teachers. Public school teachers played a tremendous role in my life as an immigrant student. Those experiences inform my views on the role of the criminal justice system in children's lives - it must be minimized. If we want sustainable public safety, then we must support public school teachers and give them the resources they need. Teachers equipped with the tools they need are essential to safe and healthy communities.
Real Justice PAC is excited to endorse Junaid Afeef to be the next State’s Attorney of Kane County, Illinois. For over 25 years, Junaid has fought for justice. He has served as a public defender, worked pro-bono to protect civil rights, developed alternatives to incarceration for people with mental illness, and helped close a “super max” prison in 2013. Junaid is also an immigrant from India and has been a life-long advocate for immigrant rights. The current State’s Attorney, Republican Joe McMahon, is stepping down after holding the office for 10 years. Now is a critical opportunity to elect a real reformer. Junaid is the best candidate for the job. We can count on him to end the mass incarceration machine that breaks apart poor families and families of color.
"Junaid Afeef is a progressive activist with a passion for criminal justice reform. He has walked the walk, with a career-long history of representing defendants and fighting for justice. We look forward to him bringing his vision to the office of the State's Attorney."
"I am proud to endorse Junaid “J” Afeef as the next Kane County State’s Attorney. Junaid’s 25-years of advocacy and public service as a lawyer, along with his deep commitment to justice, make him the best candidate to keep Kane County families safe.”
Junaid "J" Afeef's work with law enforcement has been local, regional, and national. Our campaign is grateful to receive this endorsement from a long time police officer, police executive, and current homeland security professional.
"The challenges that lay ahead for us all when it comes to fixing our criminal justice system require prosecutors who will lead boldly. I believe Junaid has the experience and the character to lead the Kane County State’s Attorney through reforms that will make Kane County a safer and healthier community for all."
"Junaid’s election as State’s Attorney of Kane County will serve to make its citizens safer and its criminal justice system more progressive, fair and responsive to the needs of Kane County."