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Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance discusses several new initiatives aimed at preventing crime, improving access to services for victims, and increasing options to divert youth from the criminal justice system. He also weighed in on yesterday's Supreme Court ruling on Obama's immigration plan.

“New York’s rich history and continued vibrancy are deeply rooted in the stories of those who first come to our city as immigrants. In light of today’s decision, we must renew our commitment to protect immigrant communities from fraud and other crimes. All New Yorkers – regardless of national origin – deserve protection from those who would take advantage of their unfamiliarity with a new language and a complex legal system. I encourage anyone who believes that he or she may have been the victim of a crime to call my Office’s Immigrant Affairs Unit Hotline at 212-335-3600, regardless of immigration status.”

DA Vance announced several new initiatives aimed at preventing crime, improving access to services for victims, and increasing options to divert youth from the criminal justice system. The Manhattan DA’s Office is funding these initiatives through the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative, which was created using criminal forfeiture funds – separate from the Office’s annual budget or taxpayer dollars – obtained through settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions, to provide grants for programs that improve public safety, prevent crime, and increase fairness in the criminal justice system. A strategic plan outlining the fund’s vision, goals, and specific funding priorities for innovative and effective community projects can be found here

Approximately $78 million in new funding is being made available by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr. for programs in higher crime neighborhoods in the borough. It's an attempt to focus on root causes and community-based approaches to disrupt criminal patterns and cycles, sometimes before they even start. The move is a shift for Vance, who has used hundreds of millions in forfeitures, largely from financial institutions that have settled criminal claims with hefty fines, to bolster criminal justice efforts both citywide and nationally.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Michele Graham to 21 years in state prison for fatally shooting Olivia Brown in East Harlem in 2013. On May 11, 2016, the defendant pleaded guilty in New York State Supreme Court to Manslaughter in the First Degree and Criminal Possession of a Weapon in the Second Degree.