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DA Vance appears on Telemundo 47, "Deadly Skyline" to discuss the deaths of construction workers in New York City.


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Immigrants and transgender people who are victims of crime will get access to nearly $12 million in grants, the Manhattan District Attorney announced Wednesday. Cy Vance said at a press conference that the money will go to 10 organizations that work for underserved communities including non-native English speakers, deaf individuals and LGBTQ people. He predicted the grants could help more than 1,400 people per year.

DA Vance announced the investment of $11.8 million to enable victims of crime from underserved communities to access the services they need. The 10 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; and individuals who are D/deaf or hard of hearing. The Manhattan District Attorney’s Office is providing these grants through its Criminal Justice Investment Initiative (“CJII”), which District Attorney Vance created using criminal forfeiture funds obtained through the Office’s settlements with international banks for violating U.S. sanctions. 

The man convicted of murdering 6-year-old Etan Patz was sentenced to 25 years to life in prison by a judge Tuesday afternoon. Pedro Hernandez, 56, was found guilty in February of kidnapping and murdering Etan nearly 38 years after the young boy vanished while walking to his school bus stop alone for the first time in SoHo.


“When Etan did not come home on the afternoon of May 25, 1979, the Patz family was changed forever,” Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance said. “In the intervening years, they did not know where Etan was — whether he was dead or alive, whether he was being abused or whether he knew that his parents and the police never stopped looking for him."

DA Vance announced the sentencing of Pedro Hernandez to 25 years-to-life in state prison for kidnapping and murdering six-year-old Etan Patz, who disappeared while walking to a school bus stop in 1979. On February 14, 2017, the defendant was convicted by a New York State Supreme Court jury of one count each of Murder in the Second Degree and Kidnapping in the First Degree.