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Nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed by the Senate in 2009, Carmen became the first woman and the first Hispanic to be the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts. She had been an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Economic Crimes Unit for over a decade. Prior to her federal service, Carmen had been a state public servant having worked for many years in the Middlesex County District Attorney’s Office, both as Director of District Courts and as an Assistant DA. In her earlier career, Carmen participated in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice in the Criminal Division. She is a graduate of George Washington University Law School and Adelphi University.
Among the many awards Carmen holds, in 2012, she was named Bostonian of the Year by the Boston Globe and Latina of the Year by El Mundo newspaper; one of Boston Magazine’s 50 most powerful people in Boston in 2013; Latina Lawyer of the Year in 2014 by the Hispanic National Bar Association; and a Top Women of Law honoree by Massachusetts Lawyers Weekly in 2016.