January 3, 2018 | NY1
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.NY1
December 6, 2017 | 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.New York Post
November 29, 2017 | NY1
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."NY1
October 25, 2017 | 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.New York Daily News
October 23, 2017 | The Manhattan District Attorney
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $7.1 million in three social enterprises – run by Drive Change, Sweet Generation Bakery, and The HOPE Program – creating employment opportunities and career training for at-risk youth and formerly incarcerated New Yorkers. 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. These grants mark the first social enterprise funding by a Law Enforcement Agency in the United States.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 23, 2017 | 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.The Manhattan District Attorney
October 19, 2017 | Cy Vance for DA
Manhattan DA Cy Vance has enacted numerous progressive initiatives and reforms that reduce unnecessary incarceration and end the criminal prosecution of thousands of low-level, nonviolent offenses annually. With this approach, DA Vance is reducing the long-term negative impacts an arrest and criminal record can have, particularly on communities of color, because these programs allow individuals to stay in school, stay employed, and engage productively in their communities.Cy Vance for DA
October 18, 2017 | The New York Times
“Today, our nation faces new public safety challenges, including an increase in opioid abuse, an uptick in homicides in some cities and strained police-community relations,” a group of police chiefs and prosecutors, including Cyrus R. Vance Jr., the district attorney in Manhattan, wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump and Mr. Sessions.The New York Times
October 16, 2017 | New York Daily News
The first principle is that district attorneys are not like regular lawyers. Instead, DAs have a special obligation to see that justice is done — which means that a DA may be successful in handling a matter even if he never files charges, or if he loses at trial.
To paraphrase a former Justice Department official: The government wins its case when justice is done. Sometimes, this means not filing charges; it’s not only OK to do so, it’s expectedNew York Daily News
October 15, 2017 | New York Daily News
Unlike other public officers, prosecutors are often not able to explain their actions — no matter how much we might want to, and no matter how loudly our constituents demand that we do. This is especially so in grand jury investigations, which are required by law to remain secret. That’s why I’ve asked an independent group to help us radically reduce the appearance of influence of money in our work. It's why I've asked the folks at CAPI to look at other jurisdictions around the country and the world, and recommend any steps that we can take, on our own accord, to raise New Yorkers’ confidence that money and power are meaningless before the law.New York Daily News