Press Release

Statement by Dan Quart on Cy Vance Halting the Prosecution of Prostitution Cases

April 21, 2021
Contact: Kate Smart

MANHATTAN - This morning, Dan Quart released the following statement:

“After over 11 years of failing to protect some of our most vulnerable communities, Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance announced this his office finally will stop prosecuting prostitution and unlicensed massages. While it’s long overdue, this is the right decision.

“The dismissal of the vast majority of these over 5,000 cases would not have been possible without the repeal of Walking While Trans earlier this year. I was proud to have co-sponsored and fought for this legislation for years, and as District Attorney I will not prosecute sex work.”

About Dan Quart: Dan Quart is one of NYC’s top pro bono attorneys and a New York State Assemblymember representing Manhattan’s East Side. A Washington Heights native who grew up in subsidized housing with working-class parents, Dan was raised by a public school teacher and a social worker who taught him the value of public service. Since graduating law school, he has dedicated his career to standing up for tenants' rights and advocating for criminal justice reform.

As Manhattan’s next District Attorney, Dan will fight to end mass incarceration, hold law enforcement accountable for police brutality, and ensure that all Manhattanites feel safe. Learn more at and