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.
September 10, 2015 | New York County DA's OfficeNew York County DA's Office
September 10, 2015 | NBC News
For years, they've been collecting dust — tens of thousands of evidence kits that could lead police to serial rapists but have never been tested.
But now, almost $80 million is being earmarked to help clear the massive backlog and hopefully get justice for sexual assault survivors.
Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance is putting $38 million in forfeiture funds toward the cause.NBC News
June 25, 2015 | The New York County District Attorney's Office
DA Vance and Senator Golden Call on Assembly to Pass LegislationThe New York County District Attorney's Office
June 24, 2015 | The New York County District Attorney's Office
Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Also Announces Creation of New Counter Terrorism Program
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today testified before the U.S. House of Representatives Financial Services Committee’s Task Force to Investigate Terrorism Finance, and voiced his support for legislation designed to combat terrorism financing, as well as money laundering, tax evasion, and other crimes facilitated by U.S. corporations with hidden owners.The New York County District Attorney's Office
February 24, 2015 | Daily News
Houston officials tested 6,600 backlogged rape kits and matched 850 samples to suspects in the FBI's nationwide database of DNA profiles, the city announced Monday.
So far, charges have been filed against 29 people, six of whom have been convicted.
The city finished testing 6,663 rape kits — some of which sat unprocessed since the 1980s — last fall as part of a $6 million effort that started in 2013 to tackle the massive backlog. The results were processed through DNA databases to compare the samples to possible suspects, Mayor Annise Parker said Monday.Daily News