Recognizing Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O’Malleyby Representative Eric Swalwell
Posted on 2015-01-22
in the house of representatives
Thursday, January 22, 2015
Mr. SWALWELL of California. Mr. Speaker, I rise to congratulate
Alameda County District Attorney Nancy O'Malley on being named by the
Lions Club of Livermore as the ``2015 Alameda County Outstanding
Citizen Of The Year.'' I look forward to speaking in honor of Nancy
this Saturday when she receives her award.
I was privileged to work under Nancy for seven years as an Alameda County prosecutor. She is well deserving of this distinguished honor.
Nancy was born, grew up, went to college, and graduated from law school in the Bay Area. She rose through the ranks of the Alameda County District Attorney's Office after joining in 1984, becoming Chief Assistant District Attorney and then elected as the first female District Attorney in 2011.
Nancy is a stellar, tough, but fair prosecutor, putting countless dangerous criminals behind bars to help protect the Bay Area. In particular, she is nationally known for her work on issues surrounding violence against women, child abuse, domestic violence, and exploitation. She is also a tireless advocate on behalf of victims and their families.
Her work has been truly innovative. For example, Nancy created the Heat Exploitation and Trafficking (HEAT) unit, the first such division in the country dedicated to stopping child sex trafficking and punishing perpetrators. She also established the Alameda County Family Justice Center, a model way to achieve justice for and provide services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, elder abuse, and human trafficking all under one roof.
In addition to enforcing the law, Nancy has fought to change it for the better and improve public policy. One of her recent efforts is to achieve an end to the unconscionable rape kit backlog, both nationally and in Alameda County.
Nancy has been recognized by many for her achievements. She was awarded the House Victims' Rights Caucus 2014 Lois Haight Award of Excellence and Innovation and was a 2004 inductee in the Alameda County Women's Hall of Fame, just to name a few of her honors.
I want to applaud Nancy for her latest award. The East Bay is truly fortunate to have her standing up for victims on our behalf.