District Attorney Deborah Gonzalez was elected by the people of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties in 2020. Her election proved historic as it made her the first female DA in her circuit, the first minority DA in her circuit, the first Latina DA in the history of GA, and the first female Puerto Rican DA in the country. DA Gonzalez is committed to building a strong and healthy community by implementing evidence-based reform that promotes public safety. She and her team are dedicated to listening to and supporting victims of crime. She is working to end the school-to-prison pipeline.
DA Gonzalez is a former Georgia State Representative for HD-117 (Athens).
About The Team
Chief Assistant District Attorney
Mikaela Henderson is an experienced trial attorney with more than thirteen years of criminal litigation experience and a record of excellence in both prosecution and indigent defense. She has led trial teams in complex litigation in both Gwinnett and DeKalb counties as well as in the Asia-Pacific region. Ms. Henderson is a frequent presenter for state-wide conferences and has presented trainings on topics including child witnesses, search & seizure, and scientific evidence. She works closely with DA Gonzalez and the team of Assistant District Attorneys to implement the DA’s reform agenda both in and out of the courtroom.
Felicia Fortson is one of the most experienced and respected law enforcement professionals in Northeast Georgia. She has served the people of Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties in the DA’s office for more than 20 years.
Director of Victim Services
Tanya Wingfield has worked with and advocated for victims of crime in Athens-Clarke and Oconee Counties – especially women and children – for over eight years. She joined the DA’s office from ally community organization Project Safe. Tanya leads a team of advocates who are ready to help victims of crime in one of the most challenging times of their lives.