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Nancy E. O'Malley, District Attorney

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DA O’Malley Recieves Modern-Day Abolitionist Award

Alameda County DA Nancy O’Malley today received the Modern-Day Abolitionist Award for Leadership from the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking (SFCAHT). She was presented with the plaque by Benita Hopkins, chair of SFCAHT and program Director at Generations United, at an awards ceremony at San Francisco City Hall.

“I wish to thank the San Francisco Collaborative Against Human Trafficking for this tremendous honor. The organization does a phenomenal job uniting people from all over the Bay Area to fight human trafficking in our communities, and it was so heartening today to see so many people in the room who are all focused on this issue,” DA Nancy O’Malley said.

L-R: SFCAHT Coordinator Antonia Lavine, DA Nancy O'Malley, and SFCAHT Chair Benita Hopkins.

In a short speech, DA O’Malley spoke of the pivotal case she prosecuted in 1996 - before a law against human trafficking existed in California - that introduced her to the issue of human trafficking in our communities.

"I was so moved and troubled by what I was hearing from a 12-year-old girl who was being trafficked every night. I prosecuted the 50-year-old man that had bought her and the 39-year old man that had sold her. They both went to prison for 25-years-to-life.

"It’s been my focus and my mission ever since meeting this young woman to make sure that we are protecting those that are being treated like chattel, like slaves, in our state, our counties, and our communities,” said DA O’Malley.

DA O’Malley also encouraged everyone to get involved in the fight against human trafficking in all forms and to open up space for survivors of trafficking in our communities and workplaces.

"Our challenge to carry forth is to do the work, to be bold, to take chances, to have the conversations. And I also challenge us to never forget our humanity,” said DA O’Malley.

In addition to the SFCAHT Award, DA O'Malley also received commendations from United States Senator Dianne Feinstein and Acting San Francisco Mayor London Breed at the event for her commitment to combating human trafficking.

For more information about the DA's Office anti-trafficking efforts, please visit the HEAT Watch website. For further information about SFCAHT, please visit the SFCAHT website.

Posted on Jan 11, 2018