End mass incarceration in Queens and make Queens a model for the world. Decriminalize poverty and end racist law enforcement. End the war on drugs and treat substance use disorder as a medical issue. Decarcerate and restore communities. Center community solutions. Tackle corporate crimes.
I am a public defender. I have spent my career working for people who did not have resources to defend themselves against the brutal system of mass incarceration. I am running to transform the Queens District Attorney's office after years of witnessing its abuses on the front lines.
— Tiffany Cabán
Queens Eagle •
“She shows me we can achieve the bold, transformational change that we deserve.”
The Wave •
As a career public defender trumpeting sweeping restorative changes to the Queens District Attorney’s office, candidate Tiffany Cabán assumed a decisive stance against the decriminalizing of poverty and mass incarcerations at a Feb. 23 meet-and-greet in Rockaway Beach.
The Intercept •
The race is part of a generation reshaping New York City politics, long dominated by borough machines and now in flux after the election of Ocasio-Cortez in the Bronx and Queens and Jumaane Williams as public advocate.
From the start Tiffany has demonstrated not only a wide understanding of what has been missing from the Queens DA’s office for a long time, but also the lived experiences of real people from Queens. She shows me we can achieve the bold, transformational change that we deserve.
Being a public defender, she has actually spoken to residents of Queens, and New Yorkers who are undergoing their own experience in the criminal justice system and she’s seen that from very close hand. I have been thoroughly impressed by how she interacts — she’s a very good listener that that’s a key quality for any elected official, especially a district attorney.
I am proud to endorse Tiffany Cabán for District Attorney of Queens County, because I know that as a public defender, she understands better than anyone the ways in which mass incarceration and the judicial system criminalizes the least powerful people in our society, especially communities of color. We need to create restorative justice that will acknowledge the history of Jim Crow in New York State, and I trust Tiffany to have the perspective and understanding necessary to create justice in a space where injustice has ruled.
If we are serious about achieving social and economic justice we’ve got to be serious about criminal justice reform. Changing the system—not just tinkering with it—has to be the goal.
I believe that Tiffany Cabán has the relevant experience to transform the way we look at systemic inequality in the law. She knows first hand that building people up, rather than tearing them apart, ultimately makes us all safer.
Tiffany Cabán has brought the sensible, evidence-based policy proposals Queens needs to truly end mass incarceration, and I am proud to endorse her. Her public defender approach to public safety through community stability is the most comprehensive and effective way to achieve the reforms necessary to fix our broken justice system. I am eager to work with her to accomplish these critical policy goals.
Tiffany’s experience as a public defender and her deep roots in Queens give her a unique perspective on the practices currently in place that we need to change to put an end to the senseless criminalization of vulnerable communities. I am proud to support Tiffany Cabán as she runs to become the next Queens District Attorney and look forward to working with her as she enacts true change in our criminal justice system from the ground up.
I'm pleased to endorse Tiffany Caban for Queens DA. Her background as a public defender, her vision of a criminal justice system that doesn't marginalize people-of-color & the poor, and her commitment to equal justice under law make her the progressive DA that Queens needs.
Tiffany is willing to grapple with the hard truths of our carceral state, and is offering a bold and transformative approach that focuses on getting marginalized communities the supports they need, rather than targeting and imprisoning them.