Tiffany will be the first openly LGBTQ district attorney in NYC history
Tiffany Cabán is a career public defender running for Queens District Attorney to bring restorative change to the borough she calls home. She has spent her career working for people without the resources to defend themselves against our brutal system of mass incarceration. Ms. Cabán believes that Queens could be the center for progressive change and restorative justice. This election is a unique opportunity to center justice and invest in community organizations and services rather than incarceration.
In four years at New York County Defender Services (NYCDS) and three years at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, Ms. Cabán has represented over 1,000 indigent clients in cases ranging from turnstile jumping to homicide. Throughout her professional career, she has used the law to help New York City’s most vulnerable communities. Her experience advocating on behalf of clients have helped her to identify some of the worst inequities in our criminal justice system.
Ms. Cabán was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Puerto Rican parents who grew up in the Woodside Houses. Her father worked as an elevator mechanic. Her mother took care of other people’s children. Tiffany attended PS 62 in Richmond Hill, JHS 210 in Woodhaven, and St. Francis Preparatory High School in Fresh Meadows. She earned a B.S. in Crime, Law, and Justice from Penn State, and a J.D. from New York Law School.