Thank you, Mr. President. Yesterday Philadelphia lost Assistant District Attorney Rachel Steamer from the Public Nuisance Task Force Unit. Rachel was a true warrior who fought a valiant battle with grace and dignity against a terrible illness.
Rachel graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in English and attended Cardozo School of Law, where she graduated in the top third of her class. While there, she was the editor of the Cardozo Women's Law Journal.
Prior to coming to the District Attorney's Office, she worked for a civil firm in Margate, New Jersey where she represented more than 160 victims of clergy sexual abuse in jurisdictions throughout the country. Rachel joined the District Attorney's Office in 2008. While in PNTF, Rachel handled numerous forfeiture cases, primarily in the 2nd, 22nd, and 39th Districts. She handled all of her cases, whether they resulted in a forfeiture or a settlement agreement, with an eye to improving things for law-abiding citizens whose neighborhoods were being ravaged and ruined by the narcotics trade. She truly demonstrated the best qualities of a public servant.
Rachel is survived by her parents, her sister, her husband, her beloved Boston Terrier, Lola.
Please keep her family and the entire DA's Office family in your thoughts and prayers.
Thank you, Mr. President.