Suffolk District Attorney Daniel F. Conley today was honored for his work on behalf of crime victims at a State House ceremony.

The state Massachusetts Office of Victim Assistance presented the Gerard D. Downing Leadership Award to Conley, who has been the chief prosecutor in Suffolk County since 2002.

“You can describe a prosecutor’s job in many different ways, but the most important one for me has always been that we speak for victims,” Conley said in a statment.

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In recent years, Conley has worked with Attorney General Martha Coakley to create laws against human trafficking, and has also helped to extend the statute of limitations for sexual violence crimes commited against children.

“Victims and their loved ones have perhaps the greatest stake in seeing justice done in a criminal proceeding, and yet they have the fewest opportunities to have their voices heard,” he said in a statement. “Supporting them, helping them, and championing their rights is really the heart of what I’ve always hoped to accomplish as DA.”

Downing, the award’s namesake, was the Berkshire district attorney for over 20 years and died in office in December 2003.

Last week, Conley announced he is running for mayor of Boston.