Linda Fairstein spent 26 years as head of the Manhattan DA's sex crime unit. It was a position that had only existed for two years before she took over and forged the way that the sex crime unit would work to solve cases and protect victims.
Linda Fairstein is a sex crimes prosecutor who served as head of Manhattan's District Attorney's sex crimes prosecution unit, one of the first of its kinda in the country. After being asked to take the position in 1976 by District Attorney Morgenthau, Fairstein served in the role for 26 years paving the way for how special victims units would not only collect and deal with evidence but also how they would handle victims of sexual assault, domestic violence, and child abuse. Fairstein is also an internationally best-selling author of a crime novel series about Manhattan prosecutor Alexandra Cooper. She has also written the non-fiction work and New York Times Notable Book of the Year, Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape. A graduate of Vassar College and the University of Virginia School of Law, Fairstein is the recipient of numerous awards and accolades for her legal work and advocacy, including the New York Women’s 2010 Agenda Lifetime Achievement Award for her domestic violence work. She serves on a number of non-profit boards including the country's largest victim advocacy organization, Safe Horizon.