Leading Women’s Advocate Fired by District Attorney

An assistant prosecutor known for cracking down on sex trafficking has been fired from the Davidson County welchDistrict Attorney’s Office.

While Antoinette Welch may have worked as a prosecutor, she is known as a defender of victim’s rights. Since 2008, she has worked as an assistant district attorney for the Davidson County District Attorney’s Office. That changed Sunday.

Welch said a courier delivered a letter at her home on Sunday. She said the message gave no explanation as to why she was fired.

This marks one of several departures since District Attorney General Glenn Funk took office last August.

The district attorney’s office did not explain why Welch was fired.

“She’s no longer with the office,” said spokesperson Dorinda Carter in a phone interview. “Our office will continue to be committed to the issue of human trafficking and supporting victims.”

“I can only say it was a personnel decision made in the best interest of the DA’s office,” Carter added.

Funk took his oath in August. Since then, at least 15 attorneys have left the office. The reasons range from resignations to terminations. Carter said it’s not uncommon for attorneys to leave under a new administration.

Two weeks ago, Funk assigned four attorneys, including Welch, to (continue reading at WSMV)

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