District Attorney, Queens
Tiffany Cabán is a public defender running for Queens District Attorney to bring restorative change to the borough she calls home. Tiffany has spent her career working for people without the resources to defend themselves against our brutal system of mass incarceration. She believe 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 instead of incarceration.
In four years at New York County Defender Services (NYCDS) and three at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, Tiffany have represented over 1,000 indigent clients in cases ranging from turnstile jumping to homicide. She has used the law to defend vulnerable communities throughout her career. Her experiences advocating on behalf of clients have helped her identify some of the worst inequities in our justice system. It is a system that criminalizes poverty, mental health issues, and substance use disorder.
Tiffany was born in Richmond Hill, Queens, to Puerto Rican parents who grew up in the Woodside Houses. She 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.