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The Community Affairs Unit  

 

The Office of the Bronx District Attorney is invested in serving the community beyond the courtroom.

The Community Affairs Unit serves as a liaison between the District Attorney and residents of Bronx County. The Office of the Bronx District Attorney makes itself more accessible to the public through community outreach in the form of speakers, tours of the courts, educational programs, participation in inter-agency committees, tabling at events, attendance at community meetings and consistent interaction with community residents, neighborhood leaders and others. Community Affairs is also able to keep residents informed of the status of a given case as it progresses through the criminal justice system. Issues of importance to the community can be brought to the attention of the District Attorney for discussion and resolution by contacting:

Community Affairs
Meiling Viera-Delgado, Director
198 East 161st Street
Bronx, NY 10451
(718) 590-2272

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bronx District Attorney’s Office actively participates in a variety of programs and community activities to better serve the residents of the county. Tabling at events is one of the ways we make face time with our constituents, however, if we are unavailable to host a table, we will provide Office correspondence.

CONCEPT (Creating Opportunities Necessary to Create Empowered Positive Teens):

The CONCEPT program is a life-skills, crime-prevention curriculum that offers middle school children the opportunity to attain positive relationships with peers and authority figures, develop a realistic view of criminality and become better thinkers.  The Program is composed of three parts:

 

  •     19-week curriculum program for 6th graders
  •      Student workshops for grade levels 5-12
  •      Parent/Adult Workshops 

The Curriculum Program

During a nineteen-week course, students receive classroom-instruction, engage in constructive dialogue/debate, and participate in diverse learning activities taught by qualified personnel from the Community Affairs Unit at the Office of the Bronx District Attorney. The strategy of the CONCEPT program is to promote positive thinking and create behavioral changes through a unique combination of practicing life skills pertaining to real circumstances, cooperative learning, constructive dialogue, and role-playing. 

The topics of discussion are as follows:  law, decision-making, conflict resolution, problem solving, peer pressure, cyber bullying, anger management, gang affiliation, unlawful weapons, violence, substance abuse, community awareness and goal setting.  With continuous skills training and positive reinforcement, students will more than likely exhibit constructive-behavioral skills in practical situations.  The material and teaching method are appropriate for sixth-graders. 

  • Student & Parent Workshops

    As a subsidiary of the curriculum, however, our office offers workshops tailored to children of grade levels 5-12 and parents. The subject matter of these workshops are:

    ·         Peer Pressure

    ·         Bullying/Cyber-bullying

    ·         Internet Safety

    ·         Gang Awareness

    ·         Substance Abuse

The demand for sessions is increasing.  From January to December 2014, 3,606 participants (i.e., a combination of the 19-week sessions and student/adult workshops) took part in the program. In October 2014, the CONCEPT program expanded into new territory.  Our office began collaboration with the New York Archdiocese, bringing the 19-week curriculum to the middle schools of the Catholic community. 

 

               

 

Project JUMP:

This mentoring program matches sophomores, juniors and seniors from the Law, Justice and Public Service Academy at Theodore Roosevelt High School with volunteers from the Bronx District Attorney’s Office on a one-to-one basis.

Students experience the work environment and learn about the functioning of the criminal justice system.

Youth Trial Advocacy Program (YTAP):

YTAP provides students with an opportunity to explore a career in law. Students from Bronx high schools are divided into teams, and each team, working with an Assistant District Attorney, learns how to develop advocacy skills in preparation for the courtroom setting in a moot court competition. This program currently runs on a weekly basis from December through May. An internship opportunity at the Office of the Bronx District Attorney is awarded to the YTAP student who has the best attendance and best overall mock trial performance.

 

 

Read To Me:

The Office of the Bronx District Attorney has partnered with the Marshall England Early Childhood Learning Centers to hold weekly reading sessions. Support staff and A.D.A.s volunteer each week to read storybooks to classrooms of children ranging in age from two to five-years-old.

 

The Adult Workshop Series:
Monthly adult workshops provide the District Attorney’s Office with an avenue to educate Bronx residents about various issues related to the criminal justice system. Recent workshops done with partner organizations including the IRS, the NYPD, the Department of Education and local banks, have been titled “After the Arrest,” “You Be the Judge,” “Safeguarding Your Child on the Internet,” “Perspectives on Protecting Your Identity,” “Gang Awareness,” “Domestic Violence,” “Knock-Offs: Theft of Intellectual Property” and “Sexual Assault.”  In an effort to bring the message to more people, during 2014, the Adult Workshop Series was taken on a “tour of the Bronx.” Many of the workshops were done at community centers, community based organizations, homeowner associations and schools.