Ms. Devian Daniels is the first African American woman to run for Queens County District Attorney’s Office – the second largest prosecutor’s office in the City of New York. This is a historic election for the top prosecutor post, during a critical time for the criminal justice system in Queens. Daniels’ message of reform, restoring trust, and working with the community to increase public safety, resonates with the diverse citizens across this county who want to see a more balanced criminal justice system, while ensuring public safety.
Daniels’ passion for public service is deeply personal, but took shape during her years at The City University of New York School of Law. Daniels has built a life in pursuit of justice. As a Queens County resident for the past twenty-three years, she has worked to improve lives as a litigator on behalf of community members in our courts.
During her childhood, she experienced and garnered insight into the impact of crime, violence and poverty on our communities. That consciousness inspired Daniels to pursue a career in public service as she sought to improve life in communities like the one in which she was raised. This “lived” experience enlisted her to stand for the accused and oppose the criminalization of poverty.
A proud product of the NYC public school system, Daniels attended Brooklyn Technical High School and majored in BioMed because she wanted to become a pediatrician like her older sister. At Allegheny College, Daniels studied Political Science and minored in Spanish. Upon college graduation, Daniels spent the year between college and law school working for her community in southeast Queens as the Education Director at the ChaRosa Foundation, a Cambria Heights nonprofit.
With your vote and support, Daniels intends to take office January 1, 2024, with a vision for transforming the Queens County District Attorney’s Office into a fairer, more forward-thinking agency focused on rebuilding the public trust, promoting transparency, and being proactive in making all communities safe. She is committed to making the office more responsive
to the people of Queens County. As the lead architect of the county’s criminal justice reform agenda, she intends to address racial disparities in the criminal and juvenile justice systems. Her efforts will contribute to a significant drop in the jail population while promoting public safety. Daniels is a veteran public defender and has also served as guardian ad litem in the Family Court advocating for children navigating the child welfare system, many of whom had been abused, neglected or had special needs. An accomplished leader, Daniels remains active with a number of South-East Queens community organizations.
***Fun facts about Ms. Daniels:
She is a volunteer Girl Scouts leader (pre-covid); she leads a weekly book discussion and study group; she is an avid swimmer, an avid hiker and an amateur pianist. ***