District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

New York County District Attorney

District Attorney Cyrus Vance, Jr.

District Attorney Cyrus Vance created the first-ever Human Trafficking Program at the New York County District Attorney’s Office, which he expanded in 2014 into the Human Trafficking Response Unit (HTRU). HTRU’s goal is to dismantle sex trafficking operations by going after traffickers, drivers, and johns.The Unit focuses on evidence-based prosecutions to build strong cases that do not rely solely on the testimony of victims. HTRU’s prosecutors also take a victim-centered approach, connecting trafficked people to services, while training law enforcement to identify and handle potential sex trafficking cases.

“Sex trafficking takes a devastating human toll on its victims, and its perpetrators prey upon some of the most vulnerable members of society.”