Deputy Dist. Atty. Carla Arranaga received accolades Friday from the YWCA of Greater Los Angeles for her efforts investigating and prosecuting hate crimes.
She was given the organization's "Racial Justice" award during a symposium on race and diversity at USC.
Arranaga, who heads the district attorney's Hate Crimes Suppression Unit, developed a hate crimes protocol that police departments and other law enforcement agencies are using across the country, according to a statement from Dist. Atty. Gil Garcetti, who described Arranaga as a "trailblazer in the investigation and prosecution of hate crimes."