September 17, 2014: In a groundbreaking effort to combat gun violence, Philadelphia District Attorney Seth Williams joined prosecutors from across the United States to announce the formation of PROSECUTORS AGAINST GUN VIOLENCE, (PAGV), an independent, non-partisan coalition organized to identify and promote prosecutorial and policy solutions to the national public health and safety crisis of gun violence.
“It is a pleasure and an honor to be working with this group of prosecutors who have been dealing with similar issues of gun violence in their communities,” said District Attorney Seth Williams. “By collaborating, identifying best practices, and discussing research I am certain we will make a real difference in improving public safety not only here in Philadelphia, but also across the entire country.”
PAGV was formed and co-chaired by Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer and Manhattan District Attorney Cyrus Vance. The group will convene the first-ever prosecutorial summit on gun violence prevention in Atlanta on October 21st and 22nd, focusing on best prosecutorial practices, gang violence reduction, illegal weapons trafficking, the nexus between domestic violence and gun violence, the link between mental health issues and gun violence, and other initiatives. PAGV will announce additional summit details shortly.
“For prosecutors, gun violence is not a partisan issue,” said District Attorney Vance. “It’s a public health and safety crisis that claims lives and destabilizes communities in every jurisdiction in America. By coming together to share intelligence and advocate for pragmatic, non-partisan solutions, law enforcement officials can achieve lasting progress on gun violence.”
“Together, prosecutors across our nation can make a major impact on the gun violence afflicting our communities,” said City Attorney Feuer. “Our members will draw from our colleagues’ most effective strategies and join forces to advance policies that can save lives. Prosecutors have expertise and credibility that are hard to dismiss.”
The growing coalition includes prosecutors from Atlanta, Boston, the Bronx, Brooklyn, Charlotte, Chicago, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Manhattan, Miami, Milwaukee, New Orleans, Philadelphia, Portland, Queens, San Antonio, San Francisco, Seattle and Staten Island.