- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 1, 2009

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A team of prosecutors, counselors and religious leaders will work to combat sexual abuse in Brooklyn’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community.

The initiative was announced Wednesday by District Attorney Charles Hynes.

The team will visit yeshivas and synagogues. The prosecutor’s office also plans to open a hot line and host meetings with victims.

Officials say the DA’s office is handling 19 cases in Borough Park, Williamsburg, Crown Heights and Flatbush. The Sex Crimes Bureau chief says it’s the most cases she’s ever seen involving the ultra-Orthodox community.

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