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DA Vance Invests $11.8 Million in Services for Historically Underserved Victims of Crime

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.

“Securing justice for victims of crime doesn’t end in the courtroom,” said District Attorney Vance. “All survivors deserve culturally-appropriate services tailored to their individual needs. Unfortunately, because of the barriers they face, research shows that those who need services the most access them the least. With these grants, we aim to break down those barriers, encourage members of historically underserved victim communities to seek help, and support the organizations that are dedicated to doing so.”

City University of New York Institute for State and Local Governance (CUNY ISLG) Executive Director Michael P. Jacobson said: “I commend District Attorney Vance for today’s investments, which will significantly improve services for victims who are often unable to access the support they need. These investments will allow programs to focus on and improve services for underserved groups and to better address their needs, making them less vulnerable to future crime. This ultimately helps ensure that individuals, families, and communities are safer.”

Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence Commissioner Cecile Noel said: “District Attorney Vance is an invaluable partner in the City’s efforts to reduce domestic violence, especially as a major partner in the Manhattan Family Justice Center which provides comprehensive services to survivors under one roof. I applaud District Attorney Vance for these substantial awards that will help increase survivor access to important services, including for specialized populations. The Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence congratulates all the award recipients.”

The programs being funded by the District Attorney’s Office serve victim communities that face significant barriers in accessing services tailored to their specific needs. These culturally-specific programs will raise public awareness through targeted outreach; connect survivors to available services; seek to increase crime reporting; enhance education and training for service providers; and improve translation and sign language interpretation services for survivors who are D/deaf, hard of hearing, or non-English speaking.

Through these grants, the District Attorney’s Office seeks to increase the utilization of these services within historically underserved communities, as well as mitigate the increased risk of criminal offending that can result from earlier victimization.

District Attorney Vance awarded three-year grants totaling $11.8 million to the following 10 organizations, which are expected to serve more than 1,400 New Yorkers each year:

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