On December 7, Linda Fairstein, best-selling crime novelist and former sex crimes prosecutor, was honored with an Elinor Guggenheimer Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2010 STAR Benefit.
In 1969, Ms. Fairstein graduated from Vassar College and began her illustrious career as one of only seven female attorneys (out of 180) working in the office of the Manhattan District Attorney. In a time when women were discouraged from participating in criminal trials because of its gruesome nature, she went on to become Chief of the New York City Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for twenty-five years.
During her tenure, Ms. Fairstein supervised the investigation of every Manhattan case including sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse, and homicide resulting thereof. For her legal work, she was the first woman to receive the Federal Bar Council’s Emory Buckner Award and the UJA Federation’s Judge Joseph Proskauer award. She has also received the Anti-Violence Project Courage Award, the Columbia University School of Medicine and Nursing Award Of Excellence, and the American Heart Association Women Of Courage Award. She continues practicing law to this day as a pro bono representative for victims of violent crimes.
In the literary world, she began her career with the non-fiction book Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape (1993), which was a New York Times Notable Book of 1993. She loved writing so much that in 1994, she began her first novel featuring Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper, her most famous fictional character. The first four novels were written while she worked full-time as a lawyer; she has now devoted most of her time to her writing. Her latest novel, Silent Mercy, arrives on bookstores in March 2011.
Her talents and passions do not stop there; she also serves on non-profit boards, including Safe Horizon, Mount Sinai Hospital’s Sexual Assault Violence Intervention Program, and the New York City Task Force on Sexual Assault. In addition to her law work and writing, she is a media consultant for CNN, MSNBC, and various cable affiliates on the issue of the criminal justice system and crimes of violence against women.
We at PeaceKeeper celebrate Linda Fairstein as an active warrior in the campaign to end violence around the world—a true PeaceKeeper! To find out more about Ms. Fairstein’s illustrious career, visit her website at www.lindafairstein.com or read her bio here.
The PeaceKeeper Team
(Writer: Renee Estey. Editor: Jessica Smith. Pictures courtesy Lindafairstein.com.
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