Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez

Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez Official page for information about Brooklyn District Attorney Eric Gonzalez and the Brooklyn District Attorney's Office. Eric Gonzalez began his legal career in 1995, as an assistant district attorney in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, thereby fulfilling an ambition that he had harbored since college.

After spending several years as a junior and then senior assistant in different bureaus within the office, including the S*x Crimes and Special Victims Bureau, Domestic Violence Bureau, Orange Trial Zone Bureau, and Green Trial Zone Bureau, Mr. Gonzalez was promoted to supervisory positions in the Green Trial Zone. Both before and after his promotions, Mr. Gonzalez tried a full range of violent crime cases, including homicides. In 2011, Mr. Gonzalez became the Executive Assistant District Attorney of the Green Trial Zone. Under his leadership, the Green Zone attained a record of being one of the most successful and productive trial zones in the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office. He instituted regular “brown-bag lunch” training sessions for his Bureau, and regularly liaised with community members and precinct commanders as part of a “community prosecution” approach to law enforcement. Promoted by District Attorney Thompson to Counsel to the District Attorney in March of 2014, Mr. Gonzalez was especially instrumental to the office’s smooth transition during the change of administrations. Additionally, Mr. Gonzalez successfully guided the launch of several of District Attorney Thompson’s key initiatives, including the creation of the Conviction Review Unit and the office charging policy regarding the possession of ma*****na, which he framed and implemented. In October of 2014, Mr. Gonzalez was appointed by District Attorney Thompson as Chief Assistant District Attorney, the first Latino to hold that position in Brooklyn. In addition to his trial and supervisory experience, Mr. Gonzalez has taken an active role in interagency trainings conducted by the office and has served on a number of internal and external committees. He is a member of the Puerto Rican Bar Association and also sits on the Board of Directors of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. He has frequently participated in panel discussions and continuing legal education courses, including those that have focused on racial inequality in the criminal justice system and on the role of minorities in the legal profession. Mr. Gonzalez grew up in East New York and Williamsburg, Brooklyn, and attended John Dewey High School in Coney Island. He graduated from Cornell University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a dual major in government and history. In 1995, he received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Michigan Law School, where he was president of the Latino Law Students Association. Gonzalez has remained an active and committed member of his local community and is the Cub Scout Den Leader of Pack 996 in Brooklyn. Gonzalez’s insight, enthusiasm, wise counsel and leadership have helped propel the Brooklyn District Attorney’s Office to the forefront of criminal justice reform. He was sworn in as Acting District Attorney in October of 2016 after the passing of District Attorney Thompson. Gonzalez resides in Brooklyn with his wife and three boys.

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WATCH: As we recognize #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, I want to highlight the work of our Mental Health Court Unit and the...
05/05/2021
Transforming Lives: The Brooklyn Mental Health Court

WATCH: As we recognize #MentalHealthAwarenessMonth, I want to highlight the work of our Mental Health Court Unit and the Center for Court Innovation Brooklyn Mental Health Court. Together, we are reducing recidivism, transforming lives and keeping Brooklyn safe.

The Brooklyn Mental Health Court offers community-based treatment in lieu of incarceration to defendants with serious mental health diagnoses. It has contrib...

We need to do more to address the intersections between sexual violence and poverty during this global health crisis. Fi...
05/05/2021
Economics as a Factor in S*xual Violence

We need to do more to address the intersections between sexual violence and poverty during this global health crisis. Financial security is critically important to ensure a survivor’s safety.

This blog explores the new and changing financial conditions survivors of sexual violence face due to COVID-19.

The Office to Prevent Gun Violence has allocated a number of small grants for residents and community groups across the ...
05/04/2021

The Office to Prevent Gun Violence has allocated a number of small grants for residents and community groups across the five boroughs who are working to promote peace and COVID-19 safety. Applications open on Thursday, May 6. To apply or learn more, visit https://on.nyc.gov/3eIoqub.

The Office to Prevent Gun Violence has allocated a number of small grants for residents and community groups across the five boroughs who are working to promote peace and COVID-19 safety. Applications open on Thursday, May 6. To apply or learn more, visit https://on.nyc.gov/3eIoqub.

05/04/2021

Happy #TeacherAppreciationDay to my wife and all the outstanding educators across our city who help our children reach their greatest potential. So many of us wouldn’t be where we are today without their guidance and support. Thank you is never enough.

Post-release supervision has grown far beyond its original purpose in New York. It's long past time to create a fairer, ...
05/03/2021
New York Parole System Called 'Reincarceration Machine' | The Crime Report

Post-release supervision has grown far beyond its original purpose in New York. It's long past time to create a fairer, more just system.

According to a New Yorkers United For Justice (NYUJ) report, incarcerating people for technical parole violations, like missing a court hearing or being out past curfew, costs New York state taxpayers nearly $700 million annually.

Proud of our former high school intern Shakina Williams, who is headed to Yale University this fall! Please join me in c...
05/03/2021

Proud of our former high school intern Shakina Williams, who is headed to Yale University this fall! Please join me in congratulating her.

Proud of our former high school intern Shakina Williams, who is headed to Yale University this fall! Please join me in congratulating her.

This #AAPIHM, I'm thinking of the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the history of our boroug...
05/03/2021

This #AAPIHM, I'm thinking of the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the history of our borough. We will never stop fighting to ensure that Brooklyn remains a safe and welcoming place for all. #StopAsianHate

This #AAPIHM, I'm thinking of the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the history of our borough. We will never stop fighting to ensure that Brooklyn remains a safe and welcoming place for all. #StopAsianHate

Fighting against hate crimes includes educating our young people about the irreparable harms they cause. I hope this uni...
05/03/2021
Illustrate Against Hate, BK District Attorney Launches Art Contest for Youth

Fighting against hate crimes includes educating our young people about the irreparable harms they cause. I hope this unique art contest will give them a medium to educate each other and all of us on this important topic.

Brooklyn’s District Attorney’s Office has launched an art competition for youth, with cash prizes of up to $1,000 up for grabs for original artworks

Public Engagement Deputy Director Shelton Jones and Peer Recovery Coaches from Brooklyn CLEAR spent the past few days on...
05/03/2021

Public Engagement Deputy Director Shelton Jones and Peer Recovery Coaches from Brooklyn CLEAR spent the past few days on Mother Gaston Boulevard with the Brownsville Safety Alliance. They provided free food, PPE, naloxone kits, clothes, and referrals to social services for those in need.

Through the Brownsville Safety Alliance, a collaborative effort between Cure Violence groups, community-based organizations, and city agencies, we’re reimagining public safety and working together to meet the varied needs of the community.

Photos from Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez's post
05/03/2021

Photos from Brooklyn DA Eric Gonzalez's post

“On this Law Day 2021, one of the most powerful ways that we as judges and lawyers can support and advance the rule of l...
05/01/2021
Advancing the Rule of Law Now: Ensuring Equal Justice for All | New York Law Journal

“On this Law Day 2021, one of the most powerful ways that we as judges and lawyers can support and advance the rule of law now is by assuring all New Yorkers that the promise of equal justice under law is alive and well, and that every individual who enters one of our courthouses will be treated with equal justice, dignity and respect—regardless of who they are or where they come from in life.”

-Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the New York State Unified Court System

Janet DiFiore, Chief Judge of the State of New York, focuses on a core element of the rule of law—ensuring that every individual is treated equally under the law. She writes that the existence or even the perception of bias and discrimination in the courts and the justice system undermines public ...

Laborers are the backbone of our nation. We must honor their selfless efforts by ensuring fair wages, safer working cond...
05/01/2021

Laborers are the backbone of our nation. We must honor their selfless efforts by ensuring fair wages, safer working conditions and better protections for all—regardless of immigration status. #MayDay

Laborers are the backbone of our nation. We must honor their selfless efforts by ensuring fair wages, safer working conditions and better protections for all—regardless of immigration status. #MayDay

05/01/2021
ComALERT Re-Entry Program

As #SecondChanceMonth comes to an end, I wanted to acknowledge our dedicated Re-Entry Bureau and network of community partners who help returning citizens succeed and make a positive difference in our borough.

The April edition of Justice News Digest is now available (https://bit.ly/3e7byPn). Learn about how the Brooklyn DA's Of...
05/01/2021

The April edition of Justice News Digest is now available (https://bit.ly/3e7byPn). Learn about how the Brooklyn DA's Office is:

➡️Holding Police Accountable
➡️Resuming Trials After Pandemic-Related Delays
➡️Supporting Victims of Crime
➡️Fighting Real Estate Fraud and much more.

The April edition of Justice News Digest is now available (https://bit.ly/3e7byPn). Learn about how the Brooklyn DA's Office is:

➡️Holding Police Accountable
➡️Resuming Trials After Pandemic-Related Delays
➡️Supporting Victims of Crime
➡️Fighting Real Estate Fraud and much more.

04/30/2021

#RHstandsUp

Today is the last day of S*xual Assault Awareness Month, but the fight to end victim-blaming and other harmful attitudes...
04/30/2021

Today is the last day of S*xual Assault Awareness Month, but the fight to end victim-blaming and other harmful attitudes about sexual violence continues. Let’s uplift survivors and remind those around us that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. If you or someone you know needs support, help is available.

🔸KCDA Victim Services Unit: 718-250-3820
🔸Brooklyn Family Justice Center: 718-250-5113
🔸RAINN National SA Hotline: 800-656-4673

Today is the last day of S*xual Assault Awareness Month, but the fight to end victim-blaming and other harmful attitudes about sexual violence continues. Let’s uplift survivors and remind those around us that sexual assault is never the victim’s fault. If you or someone you know needs support, help is available.

🔸KCDA Victim Services Unit: 718-250-3820
🔸Brooklyn Family Justice Center: 718-250-5113
🔸RAINN National SA Hotline: 800-656-4673

#HappeningNow: Join us as we discuss the future of justice policy & the values that should guide efforts to create safet...
04/30/2021

#HappeningNow: Join us as we discuss the future of justice policy & the values that should guide efforts to create safety and reduce harm.

So much happened in 2020. The pandemic completely upended normal life, but it also exposed and exacerbated a whole raft of inequities that have always been there but were too easy for people in power to ignore.

I think we have an opportunity like never before to change policy and shift power and resources to communities to address gun violence and other issues.

Tune in: https://bit.ly/3nEtWCq

#HappeningNow: Join us as we discuss the future of justice policy & the values that should guide efforts to create safety and reduce harm.

So much happened in 2020. The pandemic completely upended normal life, but it also exposed and exacerbated a whole raft of inequities that have always been there but were too easy for people in power to ignore.

I think we have an opportunity like never before to change policy and shift power and resources to communities to address gun violence and other issues.

Tune in: https://bit.ly/3nEtWCq

ICYMI: My joint statement with The New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Murad Awawdeh regarding President J...
04/30/2021

ICYMI: My joint statement with The New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Murad Awawdeh regarding President Joe Biden's
decision to stop ICE arrests in or near courts. #ICEoutofCourts

ICYMI: My joint statement with The New York Immigration Coalition Executive Director Murad Awawdeh regarding President Joe Biden's
decision to stop ICE arrests in or near courts. #ICEoutofCourts

I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray for the full recovery of those injured during th...
04/30/2021
Stampede at Israel Religious Celebration Kills at Least 44

I extend my deepest condolences to the families of the victims and pray for the full recovery of those injured during this terrible tragedy in Mount Meron, Israel. Brooklyn mourns with you.

An estimated 100,000 people had gathered on Mount Meron to celebrate a religious holiday. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “terrible disaster.”

04/29/2021

#TBT to the Chief of our Youth Diversion Programs Saadiq Anderson-Bey discussing how we invest in transformative communities with Ebony Powell of the University of Pennsylvania's Center for Public Health Initiatives.

We have to hold young people accountable in ways that actually helps them change their behavior. Simply locking them up doesn’t do that.

Listen to the full seminar here: https://bit.ly/3nBGiLA

04/28/2021

Join us and our partners at The Heal Collective, NYC Mayor’s Office to End Domestic and Gender-Based Violence, and The Arab-American Family Support Center in a special webinar to discuss sexual violence in the context of Muslim communities, the pandemic, and Ramadan.

Watch live on Zoom at bit.ly/saresource or on Facebook through The Heal Collective's page this Thursday, April 29 at 4:30 PM.

04/28/2021

Workers across our country put their lives on the line to keep our communities running during this pandemic. As we remember those who have been killed on the job, we must honor their memory with action and never stop fighting for safer working conditions. #WorkersMemorialDay

There is never an excuse or an invitation for r**e. On #DenimDay and every day, let’s take a stand against victim-blamin...
04/28/2021

There is never an excuse or an invitation for r**e. On #DenimDay and every day, let’s take a stand against victim-blaming and harmful attitudes that allow sexual violence to persist.

There is never an excuse or an invitation for r**e. On #DenimDay and every day, let’s take a stand against victim-blaming and harmful attitudes that allow sexual violence to persist.

I applaud this decision by President Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. By targeting wi...
04/28/2021
ICE Will No Longer Arrest Immigrants At Courthouses Unless There’s A Public Safety Threat

I applaud this decision by President Joe Biden and Secretary of Homeland Security Alejandro N. Mayorkas. By targeting witnesses and victims for arrests in and around our courthouses, immigrants are deterred from participating in our justice system. This makes us all less safe. Allowing every resident equal access to our justice system is crucially important and necessary for maintaining fairness and public safety.

The Department of Homeland Security exclusively revealed the new policy to BuzzFeed News on Tuesday.

Today, we join The King Center in celebrating Civil Rights Icon Coretta Scott King on what would have been her 94th birt...
04/27/2021

Today, we join The King Center in celebrating Civil Rights Icon Coretta Scott King on what would have been her 94th birthday. May her legacy continue to inspire us to stand in solidarity against inequality, injustice, and hate. https://thekingcenter.org/tkc-news/a-woman-purposed-to-be-a-king

Today, we join The King Center in celebrating Civil Rights Icon Coretta Scott King on what would have been her 94th birthday. May her legacy continue to inspire us to stand in solidarity against inequality, injustice, and hate. https://thekingcenter.org/tkc-news/a-woman-purposed-to-be-a-king

I am appalled by the antisemitic attacks that have been perpetrated against our Jewish neighbors. This ADL - Anti-Defama...
04/27/2021

I am appalled by the antisemitic attacks that have been perpetrated against our Jewish neighbors. This ADL - Anti-Defamation League ADL New York / New Jersey report comes just days after multiple synagogues in our city were vandalized. We will not tolerate acts of violence—especially violence motivated by hate.

I encourage anyone who has been a victim, or knows someone who has been victimized in Brooklyn, to report what you know to our dedicated Hate Crimes Bureau, so we can investigate: 718-250-4949

New York continues to lead nation with 336 reported antisemitic incidents in 2020, despite an overall 22% drop relative to 2019. Read more about the 2020 #ADL Audit of Antisemitic Incidents in #NY here:

https://nynj.adl.org/news/adl-ny-leads-the-nation-in-reported-incidents-2020/

The Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force has published a new report that highlights the impact of our first-ever Statew...
04/27/2021

The Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force has published a new report that highlights the impact of our first-ever Statewide Human Trafficking Awareness Conference with the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force, Safe Horizon and the SCATI Suffolk County Anti-Trafficking Initiative.

The three-day virtual conference aimed to educate law enforcement, medical professionals, and the community on how to better identify and serve victims and survivors of human trafficking. It included 12 panels and featured a diverse 49 speaker lineup, six of whom were survivor advocates. Many experienced trafficking in NYC and/or received services from NYC-based service providers.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3exvB8B

The Brooklyn Human Trafficking Task Force has published a new report that highlights the impact of our first-ever Statewide Human Trafficking Awareness Conference with the Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force, Safe Horizon and the SCATI Suffolk County Anti-Trafficking Initiative.

The three-day virtual conference aimed to educate law enforcement, medical professionals, and the community on how to better identify and serve victims and survivors of human trafficking. It included 12 panels and featured a diverse 49 speaker lineup, six of whom were survivor advocates. Many experienced trafficking in NYC and/or received services from NYC-based service providers.

Learn more: https://bit.ly/3exvB8B

04/26/2021
Town Hall: Federal Immigration Policy Updates -Actualizaciones de la Política de Inmigración Federal

The NYC Mayor's Office of Immigrant Affairs recently hosted a webinar about federal immigration policy updates. In addition to information about TPS, the Deportation Moratorium, ICE enforcement and immigration reform bills, the speakers discussed immigration fraud. Unscrupulous scammers continue to take advantage of positive developments in national immigration policy like this. It’s important to remain vigilant and remember that as of now, there are no new pathways to citizenship.

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate young people about the harms associated with hate crimes, we're hosting an “Il...
04/23/2021

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate young people about the harms associated with hate crimes, we're hosting an “Illustrate Against Hate” Art Contest for NYC students. Submissions are due by Friday, May 14. Cash prizes will be awarded.

See the flyer below for further details ⬇

As part of our ongoing efforts to educate young people about the harms associated with hate crimes, we're hosting an “Illustrate Against Hate” Art Contest for NYC students. Submissions are due by Friday, May 14. Cash prizes will be awarded.

See the flyer below for further details ⬇

ICYMI: The deadline for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program has been...
04/23/2021

ICYMI: The deadline for the NYC Department of Youth and Community Development’s Summer Youth Employment Program has been extended to next Friday, April 30.

#BreakingNews: We are extending the #NYCSYEP deadline to next week, Friday, April 30th, at 11:59 PM. If you are or know a #NYCYouth young adult looking for a valuable paid summer experience, tell them to visit nyc.gov/SYEP TODAY!

From safety planning and counseling to shelter and financial assistance, each victim has a different set of needs. That’...
04/23/2021

From safety planning and counseling to shelter and financial assistance, each victim has a different set of needs. That’s why KCDA social workers like Emmanuel collaborate with a network of trusted community partners. Together, we ensure comprehensive services for all individuals who have been victimized in Brooklyn.
If you need support, reach out to us at 718) 250-3820 or [email protected].

Learn more about Emmanuel's commitment to helping victims heal: https://bit.ly/3gzmyGX

From safety planning and counseling to shelter and financial assistance, each victim has a different set of needs. That’s why KCDA social workers like Emmanuel collaborate with a network of trusted community partners. Together, we ensure comprehensive services for all individuals who have been victimized in Brooklyn.
If you need support, reach out to us at 718) 250-3820 or [email protected].

Learn more about Emmanuel's commitment to helping victims heal: https://bit.ly/3gzmyGX

TOMORROW: Saturday, April 24 is National Prescription Drug #TakeBackDay, which aims to prevent drug addiction and overdo...
04/23/2021

TOMORROW: Saturday, April 24 is National Prescription Drug #TakeBackDay, which aims to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in communities.

Find a collection site near you to drop off unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications. It's free and anonymous, with no questions asked: https://takebackday.dea.gov

TOMORROW: Saturday, April 24 is National Prescription Drug #TakeBackDay, which aims to prevent drug addiction and overdose deaths in communities.

Find a collection site near you to drop off unwanted, unused or expired prescription medications. It's free and anonymous, with no questions asked: https://takebackday.dea.gov

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