Fara T. Gold, Esq., is a Special Litigation Counsel and Senior Sex Crimes Counsel for the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, and has served as a federal prosecutor there since 2009. Ms. Gold travels throughout the country, investigating and prosecuting bias-motivated crimes and law enforcement misconduct cases. In her dual role, Ms. Gold mentors junior attorneys and has developed national expertise in prosecuting sex crimes committed under color of law. She has led investigations that have garnered national attention, including the first case prosecuted under the Matthew Shepard and James L. Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act.
Ms. Gold was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Exceptional Service (DOJ's highest honor) in 2014, and the Attorney General's Award for Outstanding Contributions by a New Employee in 2012. She also received the Assistant Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service in 2020 and the Assistant Attorney General's Special Commendation Award for Outstanding Service in 2014 and 2011. Additionally, Ms. Gold served for several years as an Associate Adjunct Professor at American University's Washington College of Law.
Before joining DOJ, Ms. Gold served as an Assistant State Attorney for the Broward County State Attorney's Office in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Ms. Gold received her law degree magna cum laude from the University of Miami School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Emory University as a member of the Emory Scholars' Program. She currently serves on the Emory College Alumni Board.