Alameda County District Attorney Nancy E. O’Malley is a nationally recognized expert in human trafficking, sexual assault, and domestic violence. She is known for her many innovative programs, including those to fight human trafficking, real estate fraud, elder and child abuse, chronic absenteeism, sexual assault, domestic violence, ID Theft and environmental violations, as well as creating a project to eliminate the backlog of rape kits in Alameda County and beyond. DA O’Malley is the first woman to serve as Alameda County’s elected District Attorney, and as a leader known throughout California and the country for her innovation and vision.
DA O’Malley’s professional accomplishments include monumental contributions in the legislative arena with numerous bills written by DA O’Malley being signed into law. She has participated in drafting legislation that has included making courtrooms around the state accessible for victims with physical and intellectual disabilities, ensuring the sexual assault victims have rights in the criminal justice system and expanding the support available to victims of crime in California. Over the last ten years, her Office has obtained restitution orders of over $125 million for victims of crime in Alameda County. DA O’Malley founded the Family Justice Center, and pioneered an electronic notification system for victims.
Within the Office, she founded the HEAT (Human Exploitation and Trafficking) Unit in 2006 and has led the statewide charge in response to human trafficking. This has involved vigorously prosecuting traffickers (particularly those selling children for sex), targeting the purchasers, as well as changing perceptions about those trafficked – treating them not as criminals, but as victims.
In 2010, DA O’Malley launched the HEAT Watch program which is a replicable, multi-disciplinary 5-prong blueprint to unite prosecutors, law enforcement, service providers, law makers and communities in the fight against human trafficking. Our HEAT Watch program – the first of its kind in California and the first to operate within a public prosecution office in the United States – is a national model in wide use around the country. According to a 2012 report from the California Attorney General, the Alameda County DA’s Office has prosecuted more than 46 percent of all human trafficking cases in California. She has also written anti-human trafficking legislation passed and signed into law by Governor Brown, including SB1193. The HEAT Watch program has also received numerous awards, including:
Recently, she was the first District Attorney in the nation to receive the 2016 American Bar Association’s Margaret Brent Award for professional excellence and for advancing opportunities for women the legal profession. In 2015, DA O’Malley received the 2015 Irvine Foundation Leadership Award and used the prize to launch the H.E.A.T. Institute, a research-based think-tank committed to ending all forms of human trafficking in California.