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Federal crime victims and witnesses are entitled to certain rights. These rights are set forth in the Victim Rights and Restitution Act of 1990, 42 U.S.C. Section 10606(b) which states, "A crime victim has the following rights:

Victims who are children, or victims of sex offenses, domestic violence, or telemarketing crimes, have additional rights.

The Victim Witness Assistance Program is designed to provide information about and referral to emergency medical and social services for the innocent victims (and their family members) of federal violations. As Federal law enforcement professionals, the employees of the FBI are concerned about the problems experienced by victims and witnesses of crime. A Federal investigation can be complex and lengthy. It may involve several agencies, both Federal and local. Many victims will have questions and the Victim Witness Assistance Program exists to help provide the answers.

Under Federal law, a victim will be kept informed of the status of the case during the investigation. The FBI Victim Witness Specialist will also provide information regarding harassment and/or threats, financial help, assist with employers and creditors, and will advise of an arrest in the case. However, concurrently, we need cooperation throughout the investigation and any other proceedings. The Victim Witness Specialist is the principle contact during this segment of the criminal justice process.

Victim-Witness Assistance is an essential part of FBI investigations because of the need to assist those persons who have suffered loss resulting from the commission of a federal crime. Assistance is provided to victims/witnesses whose cases have not yet reached indictment but need to be informed about essential issues such as filing deadlines for crime victim compensation claims. Contact your FBI Victim/Witness Specialist for further information.

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The organizations listed above are provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute an endorsement.


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