FBI Director James B. Comey presented Alan Lai with the 2015 Director’s Community Leadership Award (DCLA) in a ceremony at FBI Headquarters on April 15.
Lai was honored for serving the Seattle-area community for more than 30 years. He was the first certified court interpreter in Cantonese and Mandarin Chinese in Washington state. Today, he is nationally known for his outstanding victim advocacy work, particularly on human trafficking cases targeting minority communities.
Lai is also an active member of the Public Safety Group of the Seattle Chinatown International District Preservation and Development Authority (SCIDpda) for 16 years.
He serves on the Seattle Police Department Advisory Council and the Bellevue Police Department Diversity Group, and has provided cultural training to officers of the Kent Police Department.