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Cyrus R. Vance, Jr.

District Attorney, New York County

For Immediate Release
June 25, 2014


Pictured: Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., presents awards to the winners of the DA’s Office’s third-annual “Kids Against Violence” poster contest.

Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus R. Vance, Jr., today announced the winner of the District Attorney’s Office’s third-annual “Kids Against Violence” poster contest: fifth-grader Rebecca Gomez of P.S. 51 Elias Howe. A panel of judges named Miss Gomez the winner of the contest, and Amber Maldonado, also a fifth-grader at P.S. 51, the runner-up. The contest encourages school-age children to play a proactive role in preventing the spread of violence among youth. Today, District Attorney Vance presented the winners with award certificates, as well as $200 to the school’s principal to fund an anti-violence project. 

“When we invest in young New Yorkers, we invest in the future of New York,” said District Attorney Vance. “With her winning entry, Miss Rebecca Gomez showed awareness of the tough choices kids face – choices that could affect the rest of their lives. We know that when kids make proactive decisions to speak out against violence, they make their schools safer, and can help transform the communities around them. Congratulations to Miss Gomez, and all of the talented participants in this year’s contest.”

Pictured: Poster titled “Choose the Right Road” by contest-winner Rebecca Gomez, a fifth-grader at P.S. 51.

Each year, the District Attorney’s Office accepts submissions to the contest from all Manhattan public school students, kindergarten through fifth grade. To see additional photos from our third-annual “Kids Against Violence” awards presentation, please visit our Facebook page. 

Pictured: DA Vance joins community members for “A Day of Peace and Health” in West Harlem.

The Manhattan DA’s Office regularly participates in community-based crime prevention events and initiatives. This past weekend, District Attorney Vance joined Harlem Mothers S.A.V.E. and the NYPD for a street fair on West 128th Street titled “A Day of Peace and Health.” Hundreds of community members joined elected officials and advocacy organizations for “Stop the Violence” activities, food and prize giveaways, employment and health information, and a special summit on gun and gang violence. 
The Office’s Community Partnerships Unit conducts presentations and participates in crime-prevention events throughout Manhattan. Some recent events include the NYPD PSA4 Cops and Kids Game at Rutgers Community Center, Vladeck Houses Family Day, Henry Street Settlement Block Party, and Fulton Houses Family Day. Additionally, every weekend the team oversees eight youth violence prevention programs run under the Saturday Night Lights initiative. The initiative, spearheaded by the DA’s Office in partnership with the NYPD and several government and community based organizations, has served over 3500 youth since its inception in 2011.