April 16, 2021
Dear Friends and Neighbors,
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you that my office is currently requesting proposals (RFP) from qualified applicants to implement the Queens Community Violence Prevention Project.

The work solicited in this RFP will advance this Office's goals of improving public safety and promoting a fair and efficient criminal justice system, through the planning and implementation of community-based violence prevention projects.

The goals are to increase community engagement in anti-gun violence activities and initiatives, strengthen community-led responses to violent incidents, develop better connections to support services, enhance positive relations with the NYPD and ultimately reduce violent crime.

The application deadline for this RFP is May 10th, 2021 by 4pm EST. I urge all those who are interested to visit https://queensda.org/special-initiatives/ for additional information and application download.
In Friendship,

Melinda Katz
Queens District Attorney
In The Courts
  • Man wearing glove of blades seen on viral video attacking Black Lives Matter protesters indicted by grand jury on attempted murder charges

  • Queens man sentenced twice this month for two separate crimes; Defendant ordered to prison for stealing mail and identity theft
Fraudulent Vaccination Cards
National law enforcement officials are warning of a new COVID-19 scam taking place on social media platforms: the sale of fraudulent vaccination cards.

Please be aware that not only do these counterfeit cards pose a significant threat to public health, they may also be in violation of state and federal law.

COVID-19 vaccines are safe, effective, and all New Yorkers aged 16 and older are now eligible to receive one. Schedule your appointment today by clicking here and safeguard yourself from criminal and dangerous activity.
Information Needed
No matter how much time passes, our Cold Case Unit remains committed to bringing justice on behalf of victims and their loved ones. 

As part of our regular call for help, we are asking for any information regarding the death of Sofia Vale, who lived on La Fontaine Avenue in the Bronx. This week marked the somber 26th anniversary since her body was found in Jamaica, Queens.

If you have any information, please contact NYPD Crimestoppers. All tips are confidential!
Promoting Inclusive Safety
GenEquality, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting gender equality, is spearheading the Inclusive Safety Mural Series across the City in honor of April marking Sexual Assault Awareness and Prevention Month.

The Series is a creative community engagement initiative, which brings together local artists, students, educators, and residents to co-create murals that inspire safer, more inclusive communities. I had the pleasure of attending the unveiling of the first mural of the series at Townsend Harris High School and speak about this Office's ongoing efforts to promote inclusivity and stomp out hate across the most diverse county in the nation. 
Strengthening Community Partnerships
Our Community Partnerships Division had the opportunity to present during the April Queens Borough Cabinet meeting, hosted by the Queens Borough President's office. Cathleen Williams, the Director of Civic Engagement, spoke about our collective efforts to remain connected and accessible to members of each community throughout Queens County. 

Cathleen and her team are continually in attendance at Community Board meetings, Precinct Community Council meetings, as well as the various events that take place throughout the borough. If you have an event invitation, or if you have a concern regarding public safety in your area, feel free to contact our Community Partnerships Division at CommunityEngagement@queensda.org. We're here to help.
Advocating for Crime Victims' Rights
April 18 through 24 marks National Crime Victims' Rights Week, a time to renew our commitment to seek justice on behalf of all victims of crime, and provide meaningful resources to survivors and surviving families.

That is why I hope that you will join our virtual panel on Wednesday, April 21st, which will feature a conversation on supporting victims, building trust and engaging communities. 

To RSVP, please click here or on the flyer below. We hope you will join us.