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  • Manhattan District Attorney's Office Forms First-of-its-Kind "Work-Related Sexual Violence Team

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced a new effort to engage survivors of work-related sexual violence, encourage reporting of these incidents, and deploy specially-trained sex crimes prosecutors to swiftly investigate such reports. Staffed by 15 Assistant District Attorneys and a social worker, the Work-Related Sexual Violence Team will be led by Assistant D.A. Vanessa Puzio, a supervising attorney with more than 12 years of experience in the investigation and prosecution of sexual assault.

  • New York DA cites encryption challenges at state and local level, calls for international partnerships

    Inside Cybersecurity

    New York District Attorney Cyrus Vance says factory-default encrypted devices have stymied state and local law enforcement investigations into an array of criminal activity, arguing for some way to provide law enforcement access to devices while pushing for international collaboration to take down cyber crime.

  • Manhattan and Brooklyn District Attorney's Offices End Requests for Bail in Most Misdemeanor Cases

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez today announced a new effort to reduce inequality and unnecessary incarceration in the justice system. Beginning today, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will no longer request that bail be set in most misdemeanor and violation cases. The Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office implemented its policy in April 2017.

  • Manhattan DA Cy Vance’s office will no longer seek bail for most misdemeanors, violations

    New York Daily News

    Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced Tuesday his office will no longer seek bail for most misdemeanor and violation cases.

    Critics have long argued that the current bail system discriminates against poor defendants who are unable to pay.

  • Advocates for Child Sex Abuse Survivors Push to Extend Statute of Limitations


    Lawmakers are calling on Governor Cuomo to lengthen the statute of limitations for sexual abuse cases. Advocates of the Child Victims Act gathered yesterday around the "Fearless Girl" statue in Lower Manhattan.

    They say survivors of child sex abuse should have until the age of 28 to take their abusers to court.

    The current statute of limitations runs out when they turn 23.

  • Cruel Harlem man who forced his girlfriend to walk naked in freezing cold gets up to seven years in prison

    New York Daily News

    A Manhattan judge slammed the misogynist sicko who forced his girlfriend to march outside naked with the maximum sentence Wednesday — sending him to prison for as many as seven years.

    Jasson Melo, 26, faced time for coercion, a felony, for making the 22-year-old mother of his child undress and walk around his Harlem block. This followed hours of verbal and physical abuse inside his apartment, according to evidence submitted at his trial in Manhattan Supreme Court.

  • NYC bigs blast Republican gun bill

    New York Post

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. said the bill revealed “a shocking disregard for the lives of law-enforcement officers across the country” and those they are tasked to protect.

    “By allowing people with dangerous histories and no training to carry loaded, concealed weapons across state lines, CCRA would impose weak gun laws on all 50 states,” he said.

  • NYC DAs go to Washington to Oppose Concealed Carry Bill


    Some of New York City's district attorneys went to Washington on Wednesday to protest a new gun bill on the same day the bill passed a House of Representatives committee.

    "The Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act would be, I think, the single most destructive bill we could pass to affect the public safety we have achieved, and affect it negatively," said Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance. "Individuals could come in with loaded weapons into New York City, and probably hundreds of thousands when you consider we have 46 million visitors outside the United States into New York."

  • Opinion: The credit Cy Vance deserves for aiding sexual assault victims

    New York Daily News

    Vance’s investment means a massive 56,000 previously untested rape kits — 56,000 survivors of sexual assault just like me, in 32 jurisdictions across 20 states — will ultimately be tested. It also means our justice system will have 56,000 opportunities to bring closure to victims living in fear that their perpetrator is still out there.

  • Prosecutors From Across the U.S. Support Legislation Banning Sale of Possession of Bump Stocks

    The Manhattan District Attorney

    Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, and 25 additional members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) today announced their strong support for the Automatic Gun Fire Prevention Act introduced by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), which would ban the sale and possession of accessories used to increase the rate of fire on semi-automatic weapons.