Tali的優先事項

美國的司法系統正在改變,曼哈頓必須成為全國典範,以下是Tali為了紐約市民建立一個更公平與安全系統的方式:

FAIRNESS FROM THE START

Tali believes prosecutors must do less to do more. The district attorney must lighten the heavy hand of the criminal justice system by foregoing prosecutions that send people into the system unnecessarily and unfairly, and that perpetuate racial injustice. Then, prosecutors must use their resources to pursue the cases that legitimately promote public safety. As a national expert and professor of criminal justice reform at the local level, and drawing on her experience as part of the executive leadership team implementing reform at the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Tali believes in a DA’s office that is ethical, fair, and advances equity for all New Yorkers.

As district attorney, Tali will:

Reduce Incarceration 

  • Commit to bail reform and reduce the number of people detained before trial.
  • Reduce significantly the use of incarceration and criminal conviction as a response to low-level, non-violent crime.
  • Offer and support community-based programming to address the underlying causes of criminal behavior, and favor, wherever possible, investments in programs that stop crime before it happens.
  • Incorporate sensitivity to mental health and addiction problems.

Increase Fairness

  • Prioritize robust pre-arrest investigation.
  • Ensure charges are truthful and reflect the facts of the case. 
  • Consider collateral consequences in charging and sentencing decisions. 
  • Monitor, and commit to eliminating racial and other unacceptable disparities in charging and throughout; and regularly make data on disparities publicly available.
  • Engage in fair plea bargaining. 
  • Treat everyone who has contact with the office with respect.

SEX CRIMES

Sexual violence – including sexual assault, rape, and sexual abuse – is pervasive, underreported, and under-prosecuted. Victims of these crimes report a lack of confidence in the criminal justice system. As district attorney, Tali is committed to a wholesale transformation of the borough’s response to sexual violence.

Tali will create a new Bureau of Gender-Based Violence, which will be comprised of a Sex Crimes Unit and Domestic Violence Unit and which will report directly to, and be closely monitored by, the district attorney.

Tali will lead a victim-centered, offender-focused practice, concentrating investigations on the offender’s actions and intent, rather than on the victim’s behavior. Prosecutors will receive regular training on trauma-informed interviewing, challenges of evidence, implicit bias including race-based bias against victims, cultural competency, the special challenges and vulnerabilities of non-citizen victims, and the availability of victim resources. 

Complicated and sensitive cases including drug-facilitated sexual assaults, stalking and other computer-faciliated crimes, and nonconsensual pornography must get the attention they deserve.  Tali will prioritize cases involving serial abusers, and institutions and employers who enable their employees’ crimes. She will also address sexual violence on the borough’s college campuses and sex crimes on public transportation. Finally, Tali recognizes New York is a leading entry, transit, and destination point for sex trafficking and will make the investigation and prosecution of these cases a priority. 

In this and all other areas, the likelihood of securing a conviction should not, on its own and particularly early in an investigation, determine a prosecutor’s decisions. Instead, prosecutors should thoroughly investigate all reports, closely engage with victims, develop evidence, and use appropriate resources and experts before determining whether a case is viable. 

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

Domestic violence was already a public health crisis in Manhattan before COVID-19, exacting a terrible physical, psychological, and generational toll on so many vulnerable people. The movement restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus made the domestic violence crisis worse, trapping women and children in abusive situations. Tali believes the prevalence and stubborn persistence of domestic violence in Manhattan demands a focused and sustained response.

As district attorney, Tali will: 

  • Create a new Bureau of Gender-Based Violence, which will be comprised of a Sex Crimes Unit and Domestic Violence Unit and which will report directly to, and be closely monitored by, the district attorney.
  • Begin with an audit of domestic violence investigation and prosecution in the borough, to understand what is not working and what is.  
  • Partner with stakeholders across the city – including providers of victim services, government partners, and survivor leaders – to institute best practices in prosecution and prevention. 
  • Work with community leaders to ensure all victims, including non-citizens, are comfortable approaching law enforcement and feel their needs are met. 
  • Advocate for the establishment of the borough’s second Family Justice Center in northern Manhattan, where close to half of the borough’s domestic violence reports currently occur. 
  • Focus on computer-facilitated domestic violence.  
  • Develop, with community partners and issue experts, an effective emergency response plan and outreach system – before the next crisis.

IMMIGRATION

Tali immigrated to the U.S. as a child and became an American citizen when she was 19 years old. Ensuring fairness, safety, and justice for the approximately 230,000 non-citizens who live in Manhattan is a top priority for her, and an extension of her life’s work as a champion for immigrant communities. As General Counsel in the office of Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez, Tali led the team that successfully sued I.C.E. over the agency's policy of arresting non-citizens in and around state courthouses. Together with the New York State attorney general, Tali directed the litigation establishing that the policy causes non-citizens to be fearful of law enforcement and thereby interferes with local prosecution’s core mission. She also supervised a variety of other matters involving fairness to non-citizens in Brooklyn.

As district attorney, Tali will:

  • Incorporate sensitivity to non-citizens into every area of the office’s practice from the way prosecutors interact with non-citizen victims of domestic violence and sex trafficking, to charging decisions that take into consideration all collateral consequences, including those related to citizenship status. 
  • Work to build trust and community engagement with the immigrant community, both documented and undocumented, so that victims and witnesses feel safe coming forward.  
  • Hold accountable those who target and exploit immigrants through fraud and other crimes.
  • Hire dedicated and specialized attorneys to train all staff on immigration issues. These attorneys will advise prosecutors throughout the office on plea offers and sentencing recommendations for non-citizen defendants, to avoid disproportionate collateral consequences – such as deportation – while maintaining public safety.

HATE CRIMES

Hate crimes are intolerable. They go beyond harm to a specific victim, creating an atmosphere of exclusion and terror in targeted communities. From her own upbringing and life experiences, Tali knows the sting of discrimination and will stand up for those who experience it. The recent surge of anti-Semitic hate crimes in New York is unprecedented; others have been targeted based on race, sexual orientation, and more. The uptick in hate crimes related to misconceptions about the coronavirus pandemic against Asian-Americans and others is equally alarming, as is the spreading of misinformation and hate in internet subcultures and on social media.

In 2020, Tali was appointed to the New York State Bar Association’s Task Force on Domestic Terrorism and Hate Crimes, a group of leaders of the bench and bar whose mission is to examine the factors that have led to the recent increase in hate crimes and help better educate the public on the value of diversity and inclusion. Their June 2020 audit resulted in legislative and policy recommendations, as well as suggestions for improvements to the federal and state legal system’s response to hate crimes.

Under Tali’s leadership, the district attorney’s office will work both to prosecute and to prevent hate crimes through community outreach, education about diversity and inclusion, and services with particular focus on reaching young people and the mentally ill two groups who, tragically, commit a disproportionate number of these crimes. 

LAW ENFORCEMENT ACCOUNTABILITY

The police are our partners in delivering public safety. But misconduct by law enforcement hurts us all by damaging public trust; when people do not have faith in the criminal justice system, everyone suffers. And communities of color across the country have disproportionately borne the brunt of misconduct by law enforcement. Tali believes firmly that no one is above the law, and there must be one standard of justice for law enforcement and civilians alike. As General Counsel for the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office, Tali led the design, creation, and supervision of a new stand-alone Law Enforcement Accountability Bureau. She also led the team that created an internal process for identifying officers the district attorney’s office (not courts or outside institutions) considers unreliable, to ensure prosecutors do not work with those officers – a first in New York City.

As Manhattan’s district attorney, Tali will:

  • Commit to investigating thoroughly claims of police misconduct, following the evidence wherever it leads and holding law enforcement officers accountable when they offend – from false statements and perjury to serious acts of violence and excessive use of force.
  • Prioritize transparency and engagement with victims and communities at every stage of the process.
  • Build on her work in Brooklyn to make sure police officers’ credibility is regularly assessed and fairly disclosed.
  • Support evidence-based policies and legislation for police reform, and support scaling up community-based alternatives to policing wherever possible.

亞裔社區外展

COVID-19大流行給紐約亞洲社區帶來了雙重打擊:對社區的暴力和仇恨襲擊增加,以及嚴重的經濟損失、流離失所和失業。經過數月的封鎖,我們終於開始了重啟紐約市的緩慢過程。但在應該充滿希望的時期,在紐約的亞裔美國人卻被隔離的恐懼和社會的動盪所困擾。 作為地區檢察官,溫塔莉將與立法者和社區合作夥伴一道傳達明確的信息,即種族主義、偏執和仇恨在紐約沒有一席之地。 仇恨犯罪必須被它應得的緊迫態度和道德責任所壓制。 溫塔莉堅決認為,地方檢察官擁有在曼哈頓建立安全且經濟繁榮的社區的責任,包括在確保這裡沒有仇恨犯罪的問題上,發揮至關重要的作用。

背景


針對紐約亞裔社區的仇恨犯罪在2020年激增了833%。 在28起襲擊中,有24起被記錄在NYPD新增加的“新冠病毒相關”類別下,該部門在大流行開始時就添加了此類別。 到目前為止,2021年同樣令人沮喪。 仇恨犯罪的實際數量可能甚至比數據顯示的還要高。 紐約警察局和倡導組織都指出,許多事件沒有被報告,也沒有被響應地歸類為仇恨犯罪。

當然,所有這些都是在大流行之前仇恨犯罪水平已經令人無法接受的背景下增加的。2018年到2019年仇恨犯罪躍升了20%,此现象督促建立了紐約州律師協會仇恨犯罪和本土恐怖主義特別工作組。温塔莉曾在此小組任職。

這場大流行的經濟重创對亞裔社區造成了嚴重破壞。 2020年2月,紐約市的亞裔美國人失業率為3.4%。 僅僅兩個月後,這一比率就達到了25.6%,在所有主要種族群體中增幅最大。 去年春天,在全國范圍內,超過23萬個亞裔美國人的生意被迫關閉。

作為一個曾從家鄉逃離暴力的移民,溫塔莉知道仇恨會如何破壞整個社會的穩定性。 仇恨犯罪不同於其他犯罪––它雖然攻擊單個受害者,但整個社區都會感受到隨之而來的影響以及抑制和孤立。 作為紐約州律師協會仇恨犯罪和本土恐怖主義特別工作組的成員,溫塔莉提倡立法和其他改革,以更好地解決仇恨行為。她將利用這一專業知識擔任地區檢察官。 她曾作為地方和聯邦檢察官的經歷,將幫助她嚴厲追究仇恨襲擊肇事者的責任,實施調查和起訴策略,以防止未來發生此類事件,教育公眾並建立曼哈頓亞裔社區的信任。

作為布魯克林區辦公室經驗豐富的檢察官和負責人,溫塔莉知道,沒有安全,我們誰也無法繁榮。 地區檢察官必須使我們所有人在家裡、在街上、在工作中、在經營生意中,遇到警察或舉報犯罪時都感到安全。 這始終是對的,但是在我們這個城市處於轉折的時刻,這是一項特殊的責任。 溫塔莉致力於通過解決仇恨犯罪的上升,保護居民和企業,以及整改地區檢察官辦公室,從而努力為在紐約的亞裔美國人以及所有紐約人實現徹底的轉變,建造一個讓所有在這裡生活和工作的人感受到包容的社區。

 

溫塔莉的計劃

 

處理仇恨犯罪:

問責制溫塔莉認為必須認真對待每宗舉報的事件及進行充分調查並毫不畏懼地予以起訴。 由於懲罰的速度和確定性擁有最大的威懾力量,她將確保迅速,徹底地調查仇恨犯罪報告。

執法培訓紐約州律師協會的仇恨犯罪和本土恐怖主義特別工作組的調查結果顯示,警察、檢察官和調查人員缺乏在識別仇恨犯罪方面的培訓以及在此類案件中收集證據的適當程序。 溫塔莉將改善其辦公室的檢察官和執法人員的培訓,以令他們準備以專業知識,同情心和共情心對待每個案件。

與社區建立信任至關重要的是亞裔社區敢於舉報每起仇恨暴力事件。 溫塔莉將優先加強與曼哈頓亞裔社區的聯繫,以解決亞裔民眾對執法部門的任何不信任,因這些不信任可能會干擾舉報。 她將與社區團體建立夥伴關係,對他們進行識別和舉報仇恨犯罪的教育。溫塔莉支持與市長的防止仇恨犯罪辦公室在教育和社區參與方面的合作。

預防措施執法部門必須採取積極措施,防止進一步的襲擊。重點是對犯下此類罪行的年輕人進行外聯和預防教育。 根據律師協會工作隊的建議,溫塔莉支持採取措施糾正錯誤信息的傳播和網上對亞洲人的仇恨。

消除舉報障礙舉報犯罪行為既繁瑣又令人生畏。  溫塔莉致力於在地區檢察官辦公室進行無障礙報告,並致力於開發技術來簡化報告過程。 該辦公室將配備會說多種語言的資料錄取員工,他們可以用多種語言記錄事故報告。 溫塔莉將同樣提倡紐約警察局改善報告機制。

 

建立更具包容性的辦公室:


更大的辦公室多樣性
亞裔美國律師和工作人員經常報告自己感到孤立和被低估,這情況反映在地區律師辦公室缺乏多樣性上並由此辦公室加強。 溫塔莉將與亞裔美國律師協會合作,以增加亞裔美國律師在辦公室的代表人數。

聘請翻譯人員為了確保每個人都可以接觸地方檢察官辦公室,溫塔莉會聘請翻譯人員,他們將協助為亞洲社區提供外聯材料,並支持案例研究和事件調查。

社區聯絡員溫塔莉將聘請聯絡員,負責與亞洲社區的聯繫,參加社區會議,確定影響社區成員的問題以及跟踪具體關注的案件。

 

保持街道和企業安全:


保護工人
溫塔莉將成立一個新的工人保護局(BWP),以容納一組由建設欺詐工作隊和DANY的白領,金融欺詐,移民,社區夥伴關係及其他相關部門組成的專門調查人員和檢察官團隊。 該局將重點關注盜竊工資,現行工資和違法加班的行為; 勞工販運; 健康和安全違規; 工人的薪酬,保險,工資單,稅收和福利欺詐; 騷擾,報復和性侵犯指控。

起訴欺詐行為溫塔莉憑藉在布魯克林地區檢察官辦公室的領導經驗,將追究那些以欺詐和其他犯罪意圖利用移民的人。

解決槍支暴力溫塔莉將與聯邦機構合作,阻止槍支流入城市,並在新的槍支法庭中提高槍支起訴的速度,以保護企業免受武裝搶劫和其他槍支犯罪的侵害。