THE DOWNSTATE COALITION FOR CRIME VICTIMS IS A COLLECTIVE OF SERVICE PROVIDERS, VICTIMS ADVOCATES, SURVIVORS, COMMUNITY BASED PROGRAMS, 
GOVERNMENT AGENCIES AND ELECTED OFFICIALS

Co-Chairs

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Mary Haviland, Esq.
Executive Director
New York City Alliance Against Sexual Assault

Michael Polenberg
Vice President for Governmental Affairs
Safe Horizon

in the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau, Rockland, Suffolk and Westchester Counties. We are committed to improving the lives of crime victims and their communities through direct services, legislative advocacy and a commitment to social justice. The coalition is a forum where all members can share insights, engage in problem-solving strategies and speak as a united voice on behalf of the all victims of crime and violence in New York State.

Our mission is three-fold.

Legislative Advocacy

One of the Coalition's top priorities is to examine and inform current legislation as it relates to crime victims. Through the Legislative Committee, Downstate is made aware of bills in Albany that relate to victims of crime. During each legislative session, Downstate travels to the capital (often with community members and the other state coalitions) to advocate for the bills it supports.   

Collaboration

Downstate's monthly meetings provide a space for victim advocates, elected officials, criminal justice and law enforcement, and survivors of violence to work together to improve services to victims in New York State. The nearly 100-member coalition serves as a strong network of advocates and service providers, and works together to provide the best possible care to victims of crime.

Addressing Critical Community Needs

Monthly meetings serve as a time to discuss and address critical community needs. Experts are brought in to discuss pertinent topics with the Coalition and to inform members of the most current and urgent issues affecting our communities.