Linda Fairstein ’69 headed the New York County District Attorney’s Sex Crimes Prosecution Unit for more than two decades, introducing important new technologies into the prosecutorial process such as DNA evidence. Since leaving the DA’s office in 2002, the Vassar alumna and trustee has published a series of bestselling and award-winning mystery novels that rely on her experience as a sex crimes investigator and prosecutor.
Fairstein reflected on her past and ongoing work in the talk “Life from Literature to Law,” presented in Taylor Hall on April 4. Watch the video below.
Fairstein is the author of Sexual Violence: Our War Against Rape (1993), which was named a New York Times Notable Book. A longtime advocate for women’s safety, Fairstein recently urged Congress to pass the Violence Against Women Act of 2013, a bill that expanded from established law to extend protections to LGBT and Native American people. She was present at the White House ceremony when President Obama signed the bill into law.
She was recently named head of K2 Intelligence’s Sexual Misconduct Consulting Group, a multi-disciplinary team that will provide expert services to assist colleges, universities, and secondary schools in preventing and responding to sexual abuse. While at Vassar, Fairstein met with students and employees about issues related to sexual assault, interpersonal violence, and stalking.
The event was sponsored by Vassar’s Sexual Assault Violence Prevention Program (SAVP), Office of the President, Office of the Dean of the College, Women’s Studies Program, and program in Science, Technology, and Society.
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