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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
October 03, 2017

DA VANCE, PARTNERS ANNOUNCE MANHATTAN DA CHINATOWN WORKSHOP SERIES

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr. today announced the launch of the “Manhattan DA Chinatown Workshop Series,” a four-part series of presentations and workshops designed to engage and empower Manhattan’s Chinese-American community. Four Chinatown-based organizations—Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association, Womankind, Asian Americans for Equality, and the Chinatown Partnership—will co-host the workshop series. 

“I’m thrilled to announce the Manhattan DA Chinatown Workshop Series with our community partners,” said District Attorney Vance. “Now more than ever, it is important that residents remain informed on criminal justice issues and that local officials go the extra mile to support them. I encourage all residents and community members to join us at our upcoming workshops. All are welcome, regardless of immigration status.”

Larry Lee, Executive Director of Womankind, said: “Womankind works with survivors of gender-based violence, including domestic violence, to rise above trauma and build a path to healing. We are proud to have a community office right in the heart of Manhattan’s Chinese community, where we can provide innovative healing services and award-winning assistance to survivors of domestic violence and their children. We thank Manhattan DA Cyrus Vance for organizing this workshop series and our community partners for working together to educate the Chinese community on the difference between family conflict and domestic violence.”

"When fighting for justice in Chinatown there is no stronger weapon than knowledge and no better partner than D.A. Vance," said Christopher Kui, Executive Director at Asian Americans for Equality. "These presentations and workshops will empower our immigrant community against injustice and I thank the D.A. and our fellow community partners for this important and timely series." 

Beginning on October 5, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office will host four educational workshops in partnership with local, community-based organizations in Chinatown. These events will educate participants on various criminal justice topics and foster a positive dialogue between the Office and Chinatown residents. Materials will be provided in English, Mandarin, and Cantonese, and all residents are encouraged to participate, regardless of immigration status. The workshop schedule is as follows: 

Thursday, October 5, 2:00 PM:     Introduction to Criminal Justice System (co-hosted by the Chinese Consolidated Benevolent Association)

62 Mott Street,

New York, NY 10013

Tuesday, October 24, 1:00 PM:    Overview of Domestic Violence (co-hosted by Womankind)

9 Mott Street,

New York, NY 10013

Friday, November 17, 9:00 AM:    Immigrant Affairs & Financial Frauds (co-hosted by Asian Americans for Equality)

2 Allen Street, 7th Floor

New York, NY 10002

Wednesday, December 6, 2:00 PM:    Identity Theft and Cybercrime (co-hosted by the Chinatown Partnership)

75 East Broadway,

New York, NY 10002