District Attorney of New York County
Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., was first sworn in as the District Attorney of New York County on January 1, 2010. Since then, Mr. Vance enhanced the District Attorney's Office as a national leader in criminal justice by expanding its expertise on an array of 21st century crimes. Mr. Vance's achievements as District Attorney include the creation of the first Conviction Integrity Program and Crime Strategies Unit in New York City; 21 indictments against gun traffickers, leading to the removal of more than 3,000 illegal firearms from city streets; dismantling 18 violent street gangs in Manhattan; the first convictions of individuals on State terror charges in New York; the dismantling of multiple domestic and international cybercrime and identity theft operations; and the recovery of nearly $12 billion dollars over the course of settlements with nine banks that violated U.S. sanctions.
District Attorney Vance was reelected in 2013, and is the co-founder and co-chair of Prosecutors Against Gun Violence, an independent, non-partisan coalition of prosecutors from major jurisdictions across the country. District Attorney Vance has also taken a national leadership role in addressing the issue of race in the criminal justice system, including commissioning a study by the non-partisan Vera Institute of Justice to evaluate the Office's practices in charging, plea-bargaining, and bail. Using funds obtained through penalties leveled against financial institutions that violated U.S. sanctions, Mr. Vance has made a series of significant investments in transformative criminal justice initiatives in New York City and nationally. These programs include the testing of backlogged rape kits nationwide; equipping every NYPD officer and patrol car with handheld mobile devices and tablets; reducing the number of individuals with mental and behavioral health issues in the criminal justice system; and enhancing security in New York City Public Housing Authority developments. Mr. Vance is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.