D.A. Vance’s Written Testimony for City Council Committees on Criminal Justice and Justice System Oversight Hearing on “COVID-19 in City Jails and Juvenile Detention Centers”
Beyond looking at the individuals who were incarcerated prior to the virus hitting, I believe that COVID-19 demands that prosecutors think differently about pre-trial detention requests at the outset. What we are experiencing is extraordinary, and extraordinary times call for us all to be flexible, while still guided by our foundational principles of promoting safety and justice.
“Dawn Dunning, Miriam Haley, Jessica Mann, Annabella Sciorra, Tarale Wulff, Lauren Young. Meghan Hast, Joan Illuzzi. These are the eight women who changed the course of history in the fight against sexual violence. These are eight women who pulled our justice system into the 21st century by declaring that rape is rape, and sexual assault is sexual assault, no matter what. Rape is rape, whether it’s committed by a stranger in a dark alley or by an intimate partner in a relationship. It’s rape, whether it’s committed by an indigent person or a man of immense power, prestige, and privilege. Rape is rape whether the survivor reports it within the next hour, within a year, or never at all. It’s rape, despite the complicated dynamics of power and consent after an assault. It’s rape even if there is no physical evidence. Even if it happened a long time ago."
D.A. Vance, Police Commissioner Shea Make Law Enforcement Announcement Regarding Homicide of Tessa Majors
"So, I want New Yorkers to note that we are recommitting today to fairness in this case because only a fair process will result in true justice for Tessa Majors."
"Boys’ Club is also one of our most active partners on the East Harlem Youth Opportunity Hub, which has served hundreds since its 2017 launch. Our Criminal Justice Investment Initiative funded the East Harlem hub and four other hubs dedicated to enhancing positive outcomes for our young people."
Written Testimony for the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary on Smartphone Encryption and Public Safety
Good morning Chairman Graham, Ranking Member Feinstein, and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee. On behalf of my Office and our partners in state and local law enforcement, I thank the Committee for its work and attention to this vital issue of local, state, and national public safety.
Good afternoon, Chairs Lancman and Rosenthal, and members of both committees. My name is Audrey Moore and I am an Executive Assistant District Attorney and Chief of the Special Victims Bureau at the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. I am joined by my colleague Maggie Wolk who is the Chief of Strategic Planning and Policy. On behalf of District Attorney Vance, we thank you for the opportunity to testify before you today.