José A. Alvarado Jr.

Photographer
Location: New York City, New York
Nationality: Puerto Rican American
Biography: José A. Alvarado Jr. is a Puerto Rican photographer dedicated to documenting class inequality, civic engagement, and contemporary issues in Puerto Rico and New York City. He works primarily in long-form storytelling, using visual imagery... MORE
Media
for The New York Times: N.Y.P.D.’s Handling of Sex Crimes to Be Investigated by Justice Dept.
josé a. alvarado jr.
Jul 19, 2022
Location: New York City
The Department of Justice has opened a sweeping investigation of the New York City Police Department’s Special Victims Division and its handling of sex crimes, officials said on Thursday.

Prosecutors in New York and Washington will examine allegations of officers “failing to conduct basic investigative steps and instead shaming and abusing survivors and re-traumatizing them during investigations,” according to a Justice Department news release. They will investigate the division’s policies, procedures and training, and evaluate interactions among officers, victims and witnesses.

The department had received allegations of deficiencies in the unit “that have persisted for more than a decade, depriving survivors and the public of the prompt, thorough and effective investigations needed to protect public safety,” the release said.The federal probe is another setback for the Police Department, which is already under consent decrees governing its stop-and-frisk and surveillance practices. The state attorney general has also sued to install a monitor to oversee changes in the way the department handles demonstrations after finding evidence of widespread abuse of protesters during the George Floyd protests in 2020.The announcement came 10 months after more than a dozen women wrote a letter to the Department of Justice calling for an investigation of the sex-crimes division. Many had spoken out for years about their experiences with investigators who they said lacked sensitivity, skill and time to properly investigate their cases, even after the #MeToo movement forced a cultural reckoning on rape.

Photographed for The New York Times, with words by Ashley Southall and Troy Closson.
N.Y.P.D.’s Handling of Sex Crimes to Be Investigated by Justice Dept.
A civil rights investigation will examine the Police Department’s special victims division, which has long faced troubling accusations from people who reported assaults.
Nytimes.com
LinkedIn Icon Facebook Icon Twitter Icon
3,295

Also by José A. Alvarado Jr. —

News

for The New York Times: Representative Nicole Malliotakis's win in Staten Island

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Staten Island
News

for The New York Times: Malliotakis Defends N.Y.C. House Seat, Toppling Familiar Democratic Foe

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Staten Island
News

for The New York Times: N.Y.C. House Incumbents Coast to Victory, as Other Races Hang in Balance

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Staten Island
News

for The New York Times: Scenes From Election Day

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Staten Island
Media

for Chalkbeat: Hurricane Sandy 10 years later: Educators and parents reflect on how the storm shaped them.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for Gothamist: For asylum seekers looking to work in New York, desperation meets necessity.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for NPR: The U.S. admitted thousands of Venezuelan migrants. Many are now stuck in legal limbo.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for Gothamist: Meet the New York Yankees’ biggest fan

José A. Alvarado Jr. / The Bronx
News

for NPR: The U.S. creates a legal pathway for Venezuelan migrants, but many won't qualify

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for The New York Times: Yellow Cabs Are Struggling. Congestion Pricing Could Deal a New Blow.

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Media

for the New York Times: The $25,000 Rookie Dinner Has N.F.L. Players Divided

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Jersey City
Media

for The New York Times: The Purple Drink That Has the Heart of Peruvians

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for The New York Times: Finding the Elusive Flavors of Panama

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for Gothamist: To confront rising sea levels, an NYC artist invites you to stand in the East River for 12 hours

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Queens, New York City
News

for Brooklyn Vegan: Karol G played Madison Square Garden & Barclays Center

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Brooklyn
News

for The New York Times: Evelia’s Tamales, a Sidewalk Standby, Comes in From the Streets

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Queens, New York City
News

for Brooklyn Vegan: Bad Bunny played Yankee Stadium and the VMAs, brought out Romeo Santos

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Yankee Stadium
News

for The Wall Street Journal: Pastor Timothy Keller Speaks to the Head and the Heart

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
Events News

The Center: Visual Storytelling and Documentary Photography Projects, Anderson Ranch, Snowmass Village, Colorado, August 25 – September 23, 2022

José A. Alvarado Jr. / 5263 Owl Creek Road Snowmass Village, CO 81615
News

for NPR: Alleged police misconduct cost Yonkers, N.Y., millions. The complaints kept coming

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Yonkers
Media

for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded: Changing the Police, To Police or Not To Police

José A. Alvarado Jr. / The Bronx
News

for The Marshall Project and NPR’s Embedded: Changing the Police, Charlie Walker's Plan

José A. Alvarado Jr. / Yonkers
News

for The New York Times: Melting Profits Threaten the Ice Cream Man

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
News

for The New York Times: One Day in the Heat, What Cooling Off Looks and Feels Like in New York

José A. Alvarado Jr. / New York City
for The New York Times: N.Y.P.D.’s Handling of Sex Crimes to Be Investigated by Justice Dept. by José A. Alvarado Jr.
Join us
For more access