Ricardo Arroyo

Ricardo Arroyo

Suffolk County District Attorney, MA

Growing up in Boston, Ricardo saw first-hand how laws that criminalized poverty, mental illness, and addiction harmed families and neighborhoods. That is why he made a decision to attend law school to become a public defender. Ricardo fought everyday in our courts against systems that attempted to dehumanize his clients and that disparately affected people of color and women. In that work, he was able to help stabilize and connect people to the resources necessary to give them a chance to break cycles of inequity and oppression.

Witnessing how inequity, the lack of opportunity, and the marginalization of individuals ravaged lives, Ricardo successfully ran for a seat on the Boston City Council to address those systemic ills on a macro level.

As a Boston City Councilor, he successfully led the fights to declare racism a public health crisis in Boston and to reallocate public safety dollars to programming for mental health, rehabilitation, and violence prevention. He understands that protecting civil liberties and promoting public safety are not mutually exclusive but complimentary. He has authored and passed ordinances that established surveillance oversight, a facial recognition ban, and the Office for Police Accountability and Transparency.

Ricardo is now running for Suffolk County District Attorney because he wants to build a justice system that reduces crime while also reducing racial and class disparities. His vision for justice has been endorsed by Boston Mayor Michelle Wu, Congresswoman Ayanna Pressley, and US Senators Elizabeth Warren and Ed Markey.