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On Tuesday, members of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence (PAGV) from across the country convened for a summit in Miami focusing on the intersection of mental illness and gun violence. PAGV, an independent, non-partisan coalition founded and co-chaired by Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, worked to identify prosecutorial and policy solutions based on the best practices of prosecutors across the country, highlighting issues including mass shootings, trauma’s role in mental health, enhanced veterans’ services, and reforms to the public mental health system. Miami-Dade County State Attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle hosted the conference, the group’s second summit since last fall.

The Manhattan District Attorney unveiled a new Uptown office Wednesday that will tackle issues like immigrant affairs and domestic violence, marking the fulfillment of a campaign promise made by the DA years ago. District Attorney Cyrus Vance Jr. was on hand to unveil the new office located in the Alianza Dominicana building at 530 W. 166th St.  The satellite branch will offer services related to immigrant affairs, domestic violence and witness support in both Spanish and English.

DA Vance announced the grand opening of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Washington Heights Office, which will provide a convenient location for Northern Manhattan residents to speak with staff from the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Located at 530 West 166th Street, Suite 600A, the Washington Heights Office will be a vital link between community residents and the District Attorney’s Office, better enabling prosecutors to serve local residents.

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Kevin Mitchell to 14 years in state prison and 10 years of post-release supervision for raping a 30-year-old woman in her Murray Hill apartment in September 2013. On February 11, 2015, Mitchell pleaded guilty in New York Supreme Court to the top charge of the indictment against him: Rape in the First Degree. 

DA Vance counseled individuals seeking legal assistance with immigration matters to take precautions against scam artists who may attempt to take advantage of victims with incorrect, misleading, or false information, particularly during the delay in President Obama’s executive action on immigration relief programs.