October 30, 2013
Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., the Coalition of Latin American Consuls General in New York (CLACNY), and WXTV Univision 41 today introduced a new Spanish-language public service announcement video produced for immigrants about the work of the Manhattan DA’s Office, including its Immigrant Affairs Program, and how victims of crime can seek help from the Office. The video, produced jointly by the DA’s Office and Univision 41, will be played in waiting rooms at the 15 Latin American Consulate Offices in Manhattan, which receive approximately 3,000 visitors each day.
“New York City’s diversity is one of our great sources of strength and pride,” said District Attorney Vance. “My Office is committed to protecting all New Yorkers, including those in our immigrant communities. By playing this video at consulates offices, we will reach immigrants who are sitting and waiting to be helped. This project is a true collaboration between my Office, the media, and consulates from around the world – working to make sure that immigrants know their rights and understand that law enforcement is here to help.”
Ramón J. Pineda, Senior Vice President and General Manager of WXTV Univision 41, said: “It been a pleasure to collaborate with the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office in the production of this informative video geared towards the Spanish-speaking immigrant community. WXTV Univision 41 is committed to inform, entertain and empower our viewers, and this is a perfect opportunity to continue our efforts to do just that. Our hope is that this innovative concept put together by our outstanding ‘Noticias Univision 41 A Tu Lado’ (Univision 41 News on Your Side) team, will bring more awareness to the fraud prevention programs and assistance available to victims of crime.”
Jorge Lopez-Amaya, Consul General of Ecuador and CLACNY Coordinator, said: “This is a joint effort between the media (Univision 41), local authorities (Manhattan DA’s Office), and the Coalition of Latin American Consuls in New York (CLACNY) can inform and educate the Latino community on how to prevent immigration fraud.”
The video educates viewers about the DA’s Office’s Immigrant Affairs Program, which investigates and prosecutes crimes committed against immigrants. Since its formation, the Program’s hotline has handled more than 2,500 complaints in 30 languages. The video also informs viewers about other crimes, such as domestic violence, and provides information about the DA’s Office’s Witness Aid Services Unit, which matches victims of crimes with necessary services and counseling.
The video emphasizes that victims can report crime to the DA’s Office regardless of their immigration status, and that it is the Office’s practice to protect the identity of victims and not report their immigration status to the federal government.