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Westchester DA creates Office of Immigrant Affairs

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County District Attorney Anthony Scarpino, Jr. announced on Friday the creation of an Office of Immigrant Affairs, which will be dedicated to assist immigrant communities navigate the criminal justice system.

First Deputy Assistant DA Paul Noto said they want to work with immigrants, who may be hesitant to deal with law enforcement, especially in recent months.

“We want to make sure that not only their rights are protected, but that they are able to assist us in solving crimes and prosecuting crimes,” Noto said. “Much of what we do requires the cooperation of people who are witnesses or victims and we want them to come forward and we want to make sure that they, too, are not exploited. One of the issues we are seeing is that people who are undocumented are easy targets for scammers and other people both within their immigrant communities and from without their immigrant communities.”

Lila Kirton, deputy bureau chief of the DA’s office Bureau of Strategic Planning and Community Outreach will serve as its inaugural director.

Anyone who believes that he or she may have been a victim of a crime is encouraged to call the DA’s Office of Immigrant Affairs hotline at 914-995-1616.

Orange County DA David Hoovler created a similar program several months ago.

 


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