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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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。