Andrea J. Cabral, Esq. was sworn in on January 23, 2013 as the Executive Secretary of Public Safety. From 2002 to 2013, she was the Sheriff of Suffolk County and the first female sheriff in Massachusetts’ history. Following a call by the Stern Commission for significant reform in the Sheriff’s Department, she was initially appointed to the position and won election in 2004 and 2010. She is a past president and past vice-president of the Massachusetts Sheriffs Association.
Secretary Cabral was an Assistant District Attorney in the Suffolk County District Attorney’s Office from 1993-2002. As Chief of District Court and Community Prosecutions, she trained and supervised 48 prosecutors in Suffolk County’s eight district courts and the Boston Municipal Court. She also created and was Chief of Suffolk County’s first major felony Domestic Violence Unit.
From 1991 to 1993, Secretary Cabral was an Assistant Attorney General in the Trial and Civil Rights Divisions of the Attorney General’s Office and an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office from 1987 to 1991.
She is the author of the book Obtaining, Enforcing and Defending 209A Restraining Orders in Massachusetts, published by Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) and co-author of the article, Creating Courtroom Accessibility from the book: Same-Sex Domestic Violence by Beth Levanthal and Sandra Lundy, Esq., Ph.D. In addition, Secretary Cabral has been a keynote speaker, faculty member and panelist for a number of professional and community organizations, bar associations, educational seminars and law school forums. She is also a regular guest on public affairs radio and television.
In addition to receiving numerous awards and honors throughout her career, in 2007, Secretary Cabral was named an Eisenhower Fellow and traveled to Australia for a month-long study of their criminal justice system. She is on the boards of the Mass Mentoring Partnership, the Fenway Community Health Center and the Dimock Community Health Center.
In 2010, Secretary Cabral was one of 18 national experts appointed to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by United States Attorney General Eric Holder. The SAB was created to bridge the gap between research and practice in the criminal justice fields. It provides an extra-agency review of and recommendations for the Office of Justice Programs in the Department of Justice.
She is a graduate of Boston College and Suffolk University Law School.