From its inception, the Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (CJII) rooted its investments in New York City communities most impacted by violence, and prioritized funding community-based organizations and partnerships among organizations as a core facet of its public safety investment strategy.
Over the unprecedented past year, New York City and our nation have experienced immense suffering and trauma due to a series of crises: the COVID-19 pandemic, systemic racism in our society, and an alarming rise in gun violence in our metropolitan cities. These crises have brought into sharp relief our society’s inequalities, particularly in our justice system, and the role we, as prosecutors, must play to bring about much-needed change.
As state and local governments across the country seek to improve public safety and social justice, while also confronting the fiscal challenges raised by the pandemic, collaboration is more important than ever.
The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office pays to feed Harlem residents through its Robin Hood-like Criminal Justice Investment Initiative.
“New York City is a global leader in trauma sciences and services, but there is a massive gap when it comes to serving marginalized New Yorkers who are survivors of crime,” said District Attorney Vance.