Tiffany Cabán, Queens District Attorney
Tiffany L. Cabán is a career public defender who is running for Queens District Attorney to bring change to the borough she calls home.
Tiffany has spent her career working for people who did not have resources to defend themselves against the brutal system of mass incarceration. She is running to transform the Queens District Attorney's office after years of witnessing its abuses on the front lines.
In four years at New York County Defender Services (NYCDS) and three years at the Legal Aid Society’s Criminal Defense Practice, Tiffany has represented over a thousand 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, and her experiences advocating on behalf of her clients have helped her identify some of the worst inequities of our criminal justice system. It is a system that criminalizes poverty, mental health issues, and substance use disorder.
Every day, Tiffany uses a holistic approach to work with clients to build stability in their lives. That approach is rooted in her personal experiences with violence, mental health, substance use disorder, and economic insecurity. She helps clients navigate the immigration system, research education or job-training opportunities, and secure employment. Tiffany has helped undocumented survivors of domestic violence obtain VAWA or U-visa status, represented individuals in Social Security Disability and Supplemental Security Income hearings, and advocated for housing and healthcare benefits. Her advocacy extends beyond normal office hours, and she volunteers with NYCDS’ Community Outreach Committee and facilitates community-based Know Your Rights trainings throughout the city.
Tiffany currently lives in Astoria and is the proud mom of two rescue dogs, Natalie and Coltrane. An athlete since childhood, she participates in LGBTQIA+ sports leagues and is a diehard sports fan.