Safe Horizon Board Member Linda Fairstein Receives HBA Globalís Positively Beautiful Award
Posted on: Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Linda Fairstein: Positively Beautiful
Safe Horizon board member Linda Fairstein received the 4th Annual HBA "Positively Beautiful" Award on June 19, 2012, for her commitment to Safe Horizon and its mission to support survivors of crime and abuse in moving from crisis to confidence. A former prosecutor and best-selling crime novelist, Ms. Fairstein has served on the Board of Directors for Safe Horizon for 12 years and is a longstanding champion for women and children who have been victims of violent crimes and abuse.
The Positively Beautiful Award, established by HBA Global, is an honor given annually to recognize a celebrity who uses their exposure and efforts to further a cause that promotes inner beauty and self-esteem building, creating a more beautiful world for others. The Award was presented during the Keynote Panel that kicked-off the HBA Global Expo on Tuesday, June 19.
"This award could not be presented to a more deserving person,” said Ariel Zwang, Chief Executive Officer, Safe Horizon. “Linda’s leadership in the criminal justice field and her support for Safe Horizon’s services have helped make it possible for countless women and children to find hope and healing. I am truly delighted that Linda's tireless efforts and years of dedication to Safe Horizon will be recognized with HBA's Positively Beautiful Award."
Linda served in the office of the New York County District Attorney from 1972 until 2002, where she was Chief of the Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit. In that position, she supervised the investigation and trial of Manhattan cases involving sexual assault, domestic violence, child abuse and homicides arising out of those crimes. Over the course of three decades, she revolutionized the prosecution of special victims' unit crimes, making sure that victims have the support they need and abusers are brought to justice.
“Linda’s pioneering leadership as a sex crimes prosecutor has given her an unparalleled understanding of what victims go through when faced with trauma and abuse,” said Steve Parrish, Safe Horizon Board Chair. “She brings a truly unique and valuable perspective to Safe Horizon’s Board of Directors, and we are so grateful for her dedication and support.”
For her trailblazing work on behalf of victims of violence, Linda has received numerous awards including Columbia University's School of Medicine and School of Nursing Award for Excellence; the Anti-Violence Project "Courage" Award; Glamour Magazine's Women of the Year Award; the American Heart Association Women of Courage award, and scores of similar honors.
Linda is releasing the fourteenth novel in her crime series, entitled Night Watch, on July 10. Safe Horizon congratulates Linda on all of her achievements and much deserved recognition.