Nominated by: Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services
Allison Downey-Damato graduated law school in 1999. After practicing civil litigation with a large private Edmonton firm, she came to Edmonton Prosecutions in 2002. Since becoming a Crown, Allison has primarily prosecuted intimate partner violence, sexual assaults, stalking, high risk offenders and child abuse. In 2004, Allison became the lead prosecutor on sexual assaults in Edmonton and then moved onto domestic and sex-related homicides in 2007. In 2009, Allison became the Assistant Chief Crown Prosecutor in charge of the Family Protection Section in Edmonton. In addition to supervising many prosecutors, she oversaw all family violence and high risk offender files in Edmonton. She also continued to carry a caseload of serious, high profile cases while advocating for better solutions to handling family and domestic violence in the justice system. She has lectured extensively to police, probation officers, students, volunteers, victim advocacy groups, medical and mental health professionals. In 2015, she was seconded to Alberta Justice and Solicitor General as the Domestic Violence Project Coordinator where she studied domestic violence courts in Alberta. In 2017, Allison returned at Edmonton Prosecutions where she continues to supervise the Family Protection Section.