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.
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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.
May 4, 2017 | The New York Times
When the evidence was processed, investigators did not find a match in a database of genetic profiles kept by the Federal Bureau of Investigation. In 2003, as the statute of limitations was running out, Manhattan prosecutors obtained an indictment against a “John Doe” using the DNA profile of the unidentified man.
On Thursday, prosecutors from the office of the Manhattan district attorney, Cyrus R. Vance Jr., said they had finally identified the man with the knife who attacked the girl 24 years ago.The New York Times
May 4, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
As elected officials representing New Yorkers, we share the same goals – chief among them protecting the security of our residents and the vibrancy of the state’s economy. Any legislation that will clearly make New Yorkers less safe concerns me greatly. That’s why I strenuously urge you to oppose H.R. 38 and S. 446, the Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act of 2017 (“CCRA”), which would require each state to recognize the concealed carry permits of gun owners from all 49 other states. Worse yet, these bills would force each state to allow residents of the 12 states that do not require any concealed-carry permit to carry hidden, loaded guns within their borders. This legislation would effectively invalidate the strong, thoughtful, and comprehensive licensing rules that New York has relied upon to protect our constituents.The Manhattan District Attorney
April 26, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $11.8 million to enable victims of crime from underserved communities to access the services they need. The 10 organizations receiving funding serve victim communities who face significant barriers to accessing services, including: people of color; immigrants and non-native English speakers; LGBTQ individuals; and individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions.The Manhattan District Attorney
April 10, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
This is a major step forward for criminal justice reform in New York State. The adult criminal justice system is not developmentally appropriate for most adolescents – we can, and we must, do better.The Manhattan District Attorney
April 3, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV), members of American State Legislators for Gun Violence Prevention (ASLGVP), and the Law Enforcement Partnership to Prevent Gun Violence have convened here in a national summit on gun violence prevention.The Manhattan District Attorney