Jackson Receives "Shining Light" Award

Atlanta, GA – Sharla D. Jackson, Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Resource Prosecutor for the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia (PAC) is the recipient of the Fulton County Family Violence Task Force’s first ever “Shining Light” Award. Jackson was honored Thursday, October 27 at the Task Force’s annual Candlelight Vigil for her contributions to ending domestic violence in Fulton County.

In recognizing Jackson, the Task Force highlighted her tireless efforts in education and support of domestic violence advocacy.

Jackson hosts PAC’s groundbreaking Court School for victim advocates as well as Domestic Violence Boot Camp for new prosecutors. Additionally, Jackson coordinates and hosts PAC’s Family Violence Training program, which provides specialized regional family violence training for prosecutors and law enforcement offices throughout Georgia.

“I am humbled and honored to receive this award,” said Jackson. “It’s great to see a tangible reminder of the impact we are making here in the state.” 

Jackson earned her undergraduate degree in Spanish at Spelman College. She attended the University of Miami School of Law. Upon earning her law degree, Jackson practiced international law in Miami before returning to Atlanta where she joined the City Solicitor’s Office. She went on to serve the citizens of Fulton County in the District Attorney’s Office, where she worked for 15 years. Working as a community prosecutor, Jackson tried serious family violence, sexual assault, and homicide cases while simultaneously devoting herself to community outreach, building partnerships with law enforcement and enlisting citizen support for victims of domestic violence.

Jackson credits her upbringing in the multi-cultural mélange of Miami for her great love of people and respect for diversity.

“Sharla has been a valued addition to the agency,” said Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council Executive Director Chuck Spahos. “She pours her heart and soul into her work and it has made a significant impact not only within the prosecution and law enforcement communities, but also in the lives of crime victims throughout the state.”