Funded Initiatives


Programs to Increase Access to Services for Survivors of Crime

Posted on April 26, 2017

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., has awarded $11.8 million in grants to 10 organizations to enable victims of crime from underserved communities to access the services they need. The  organizations receiving funding serve victim communities who face significant barriers to accessing services, including: people of color, immigrants and non-native English speakers; LGBTQ individuals; individuals with disabilities; and/or individ...

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Family & Youth Development Programs

Posted on February 28, 2017

District Attorney Vance has awarded $12 million in grants to existing community-based service providers and organizations specializing in family and youth development to expand their capacity and develop innovative programming. Specifically, the Office is funding “two-generation” programming models that provide holistic support to at-risk young people and their families. Numerous studies have concluded that family dynamics, education, and ...

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Youth Opportunity Hubs

Posted on February 28, 2017

Youth Opportunity Hubs will provide attractive social spaces and link neighborhood service providers to provide one-stop, comprehensive support for at-risk children, teens, and young adults in order to prevent them from becoming involved in the criminal justice system. Recognizing that young people utilize supportive services at higher rates when such services are easily accessible, this “neighborhood Hub” approach coordinates family, ...

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DA Vance Invests $58 Million in Youth and Families to Prevent Crime

Posted on February 27, 2017

$45.9 Million Awarded to Create and Construct Five Neighborhood-Based “Youth Opportunity Hubs” Additional $12 Million Awarded to Expand Existing Family and Youth Development Programs  100 Organizations in Four Underserved Neighborhoods to Benefit From Investments Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the investment of $45.9 million to create and construct five “Youth Opportunity Hubs,” a first-o...

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District Attorney Vance and John Jay College President Travis Announce Partnership to Launch New Institute for Innovation in Prosecution

Posted on October 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., and President Jeremy Travis of the John Jay College of Criminal Justice today announced the formation of a partnership to launch the Institute for Innovation in Prosecution (IIP), a groundbreaking new project designed to support the development of the next generation of ideas and thought leaders in the field of prosecution. The Institute will bring together prosecutors, academics, law enforcement officials, and other leaders to examine and develop practical solutions to the critical issues facing the criminal justice system in the 21st century, including how to ensure public safety while at the same time improving fairness in the system.

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DA Vance Announces Expansion of Borough-Wide Youth Violence Prevention Program

Posted on October 15, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the expansion of Satur¬¬day Night Lights (“SNL”), a comprehensive youth violence prevention initiative, to 17 programs across Manhattan. The expansion includes enhanced academic support and advocacy, as well as high-quality sports, dance, and fitness activities. Community-based organizations recently awarded funding through the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will lead on-site programming in coordination with staff from Manhattan District Attorney’s Office. Since its creation in October 2011, SNL has served more than 5,000 kids between the ages of 11-to-18, completely free of charge.

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Manhattan DA’s Office, City of London Police, Center for Internet Security Announce Formation of Global Cyber Alliance

Posted on September 16, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., City of London Police Commissioner Adrian Leppard, and the Center for Internet Security (CIS) today announced the formation of the Global Cyber Alliance (GCA), an international, cross-sector effort designed to confront, address, and prevent malicious cyber activity. The announcement was made at the International Conference on Combating Financial and Cyber Threats Affecting Global Financial Centres, hosted by the City of London Police. District Attorney Vance delivered the keynote opening address in London.

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District Attorney Vance Awards $38 million in Grants to Help 32 Jurisdictions in 20 States Test Backlogged Rape Kits

Posted on September 10, 2015

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the award of approximately $38 million in grants to 32 jurisdictions in 20 states across the United States to eliminate backlogs of untested sexual assault evidence kits, or “rape kits.” The two-year awards, ranging in amount from approximately $97,000 to $2 million, will help test an estimated 56,475 rape kits, generating DNA evidence that will help solve cases across the country.

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Mayor de Blasio Announces $17.8 Million to Reduce Unnecessary Jail Time for People Waiting for Trial; $13.8 million of funds from Manhattan DA

Posted on July 8, 2015

The de Blasio administration today announced $17.8 million to supervise 3,000 eligible defendants safely in the community instead of detaining them in jail while they wait for trial. Titled “supervised release,” the initiative will permit judges to release defendants to a supervisory program that allows defendants to remain at home with their families and continue working while waiting for trial. This expands judges’ options beyond setting bail – which could lead to unnecessary detention if an individual is unable to pay – or releasing a defendant to the community without a system in place to ensure the defendant returns to court without reoffending.

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District Attorney Vance, Mayor De Blasio Announce $101 Million Investment in Infrastructure and Programming to Enhance Safety in NYCHA Developments

Posted on December 16, 2014

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. and Mayor de Blasio today announced significant new investments to enhance security at targeted New York City Housing Authority developments, as part of the Administration’s initiative to build stronger families and safer neighborhoods for people living in public housing developments.

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