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Speaker's Biography:

Cyrus Vance, Jr.
Manhattan District Attorney

Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., was sworn in as District Attorney of New York County in 2010 and reelected in 2013. Mr. Vance has 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 include the creation of the first Conviction Integrity Program and Crime Strategies Unit in the five boroughs; 24 indictments against gun traffickers, leading to the removal of more than 3,000 illegal firearms from city streets; and funding the testing of backlogged rape kits nationwide using money obtained from banks that violated U.S. sanctions. 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. Mr. Vance is a graduate of Yale University and Georgetown University Law Center.

Twitter: @ManhattanDA

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