When I first ran for Manhattan District Attorney, I promised that I would approach every aspect of the office with two questions - Does it make us safer? And is it fair?
I am proud to say that working together, we have championed safety on our streets and fairness in our courts while fostering integrity, innovation and excellence in the office where I began my legal career.
With murders having reached a low point in Manhattan, the Manhattan district attorney’s office and the Police Department have begun an unusually close collaboration aimed at driving down other crimes, chief among them grand larceny, domestic violence and cybercrime.
Photo by Richard Perry/The New York Times
On January 27, 2014, Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr celebrated the start of his second term at the NY Surrogates Court with his colleages and supporters.
Fifty years ago, identity theft typically involved a single actor who forged a driver’s license, walked into a bank and withdrew funds from a target account. Today, organized criminal rings are in the business of stealing thousands of identities and millions of dollars. But a crime ring can steal $2,001 or $2 million and the punishment is identical. Criminals who steal more money from more people should get the treatment they deserve.
Feaured on CNBC: one of the biggest cyber-crime cases that we or any other group of prosecutors ever tackled. In it, my office successfully prosecuted a crime ring that stretched from New York City to Kiev. Its members stole and sold more than 100,000 pieces of personal information, including names, birth dates, Social Security numbers, online usernames and passwords.
February 16, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
“Outstanding warrants for years-old, low-level violations drive law enforcement and communities apart. New Yorkers with outstanding summons warrants face unnecessary employment and immigration consequences, and live in fear of arrest following any police encounter, which means they cannot collaborate with the NYPD and District Attorneys to keep our communities safe.The Manhattan District Attorney
February 14, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the trial conviction of PEDRO HERNANDEZ, 56, for kidnapping and murdering six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to a school bus stop in 1979. The defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of one count each of Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the First Degree. HERNANDEZ is expected to be sentenced on February 28, 2017.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 27, 2016 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Following Report’s Recommendation, District Attorney’s Office to Equip Prosecutors in Manhattan Family Justice Center and Manhattan Child Advocacy Center with “Alternative Light Source” Technology to Better Observe and Document Bruising and Other Injuries.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 6, 2016 | The Manhattan District Attorney
More than 100 Students Will Attend Presentations by District Attorney Vance and Partners Before “Coding for a Cause” This Weekend.The Manhattan District Attorney
September 29, 2016 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced three significant investments aimed at preventing crime and reforming the justice system, including new funding opportunities for: early diversion programs for low-level misdemeanor offenders; social enterprises for young people and formerly incarcerated individuals; and innovative transition programs for youth who are transitioning out of foster care. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is funding these initiatives through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which it created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.The Manhattan District Attorney