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July 1, 2020 | MANHATTAN TIMES

New aid for assault survivors Click For More

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. has announced that Puerto Rico will test approximately 1,500 sexual assault evidence kits, also known as “rape kits,” as part of a $35 million initiative by his office to test backlogged kits around the country.

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June 5, 2020 | Gothamist

Manhattan DA Declines To Charge Peaceful Protesters Click For More

On the ninth day of protests against police violence, which has resulted in hundreds of demonstrators detained by the NYPD, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office announced it will not prosecute non-violent protesters “in the interest of justice.”

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June 5, 2020 | New York Daily News

Manhattan DA won’t prosecute protesters amid mass NYC arrests, commends New Yorkers exercising civil rights at George Floyd demonstrations Click For More

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance on Friday said his office will decline to prosecute marchers arrested for breaking the city’s 8 p.m. curfew while out protesting the death of George Floyd — and he commended New Yorkers for sticking up for their civil liberties.

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June 2, 2020 | NEW YORK TIMES

Don’t Bar Ex-Offenders From Coronavirus Aid Funds (Op-Ed by Cy Vance, Jr.) Click For More

Six weeks after the Paycheck Protection Program began pumping hundreds of billions of dollars in lifelines to businesses affected by shutdowns, one group of entrepreneurs remains frozen out of resources: those who have previous criminal history.

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May 21, 2020 | ABC New York

Harlem food bank funded by monies seized from criminals Click For More

The Manhattan District Attorney's Office pays to feed Harlem residents through its Robin Hood-like Criminal Justice Investment Initiative.

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May 7, 2020 | CNN

Coronavirus forces prosecutors to embrace video conferencing in criminal probes. It’s raised a host of issues. Click For More

While some are reserving virtual interviews for white-collar cases that are particularly time-sensitive, perhaps involving an ongoing threat, others -- such as the Manhattan district attorney's office -- are using it with cases "across the board," said Karen Friedman Agnifilo, the office's chief assistant district attorney. They include cases of homicide, sexual assault, domestic violence, attempted murder and robbery.

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D.A. Vance: "Untested rape kits cannot and will not sit on shelves collecting dust during the coronavirus pandemic." #TestEveryKit