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Victim Witness

Victim Witness

U.S. Attorney's Office Victim-Witness Coordinator provides information to senior citizens who attended the Elder Fraud Summit which the office
co-sponsored with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in Troy, Michigan.
 

The United States Attorney's Office, Eastern District of Michigan, administers a program to assist the victims and witnesses of Federal crimes. Federal crimes where assistance may be provided include bank and postal robberies, child pornography, financial crimes surrounding telemarketing and investment fraud, identity theft, hate crimes, as well as homicides, sexual assault, and child abuse, if the crime occurred on federal land.

Victims' Rights

Victims have certain rights under Title 42, United States Code, the statute to 18 USC 3771 :

To be reasonable protected from the accused;

To reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court or parole proceeding involving the crime, as well as any release or escape of the accused;

Not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding unless the court after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding;

To be reasonably heard at any public proceeding involving release, plea, sentencing, or parole;

Reasonably to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;

To full and timely restitution as provided by law;

To proceedings free from unreasonable delay; and

To be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

    Victims' Resources

    Office for Victim of Crime

    Information and resources for victims in need of assistance.

    Includes a comprehensive list of toll free numbers

    www.crimevictims.gov

    National Center for Victims of Crime

    See “Get Help Series” - 1-800-FYI-CALL

    1-800-394-2255

    www.victimsofcrime.org

    National Organization for Victim Assistance

    1-800- TRY-NOVA

    1-800-879-6682

    www.try-nova.org

    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

    1-800-THE LOST (1-800-843-5678)

    www.missingkids.com

    Childhelp USA

    National Child Abuse Hotline

    1-8004-A-CHILD

    www.childhelpusa.org

    Michigan Child Protective Services

    Lists protective service agencies by Michigan counties

    www.michigan.gov/dhs

    National Domestic Violence hotline

    800-799-SAFE (7233)

    www.ndvh.org

    Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Lists resources for victims and domestic violence shelters

    517-347-7000

    www.mcadsv.org

    Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
    517-373-8144
    www.michigan.gov/dhs
    click on domestic violence

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
    303-839-1852
    www.ncadv.org

    Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network (RAINN)
    Hotline, crisis counseling, referrals.

    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
    www.rainn.org

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Disaster Relief Information.

    http://www.samhsa.gov/

    Federal Bureau of Prisons
    www.bop.gov

    Parents of Murdered Children
    www.pomc.org

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving
    www.madd.org

    National Eldercare
    www.eldercare.gov

    Senior services in Michigan
    www.miseniors.net

    Fraud Reporting in Michigan - contact the Michigan Attorney General’s Office and/or your local police department.

    Michigan Attorney General’s Office
    Consumer complaint directory
    - 877-765-8388
    www.michigan.gov/ag

    Identity Theft Resource Center - 1888-400-5530

    Toll Free, No cost & Victim Assistance
    www.idtheftcenter.org/

    Federal Trade Commission Clearinghouse
    Learn about identity theft and what to do if it occurs.

    www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/

    Internet Fraud Information Center
    Report telemarketing or internet fraud.

    800-876-7060
    www.fraud.org

    Medicare Fraud Hotline
    1-800-HHS-TIPS
    www.medicare.gov/forms-help-and-resources/report-fraud-and-abuse/fraud-and-abuse.html

    Social Security Administration
    Fraud Hotline
    Social Security numbers misuse or forged checks.

    800-269-0271
    www.ssa.gov/oig

    Securities and Exchange Commission
    File or investigate a prior complaint.

    202-942-8088 - Instant Information Recording
    www.sec.gov

    National Association of Securities Dealers
    Discloses information, complaints on licensed brokers.

    301-590-6500
    www.nasdr.com

    United States Postal Service
    Takes reports of mail crimes.

    800-654-8896
    www.usps.gov

    National Foundation for Credit Counseling
    800-388-2227
    www.nfcc.org

    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
    Consumer information and advocacy.

    619-298-3396
    www.privacyrights.org

    Credit Reporting Agencies - contact the following agencies to request a copy of your credit report or dispute information listed on credit report.

    Equifax
    www.equifax.com
    P.O. Box 740256
    Atlanta, GA 30374
    1-888-766-0008 (report fraud)
    1-800-685-1111 (order credit report)

    Experian, Inc.
    www.experian.com
    P.O. Box 949
    Allen, TX 75013
    1-888-397-3742

    Trans Union Corporation
    www.tuc.com
    P.O. Box 6790
    Fullerton, CA 92834
    1-800-916-8800

    Michigan Crime Victim Compensation:

    Provides a list of Michigan service agencies funded by this organization.
    Download Crime Victim Compensation forms for eligible victims.

    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/app_6993_7.pdf - MI Crime Victims Compensation Application form

    http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Crimevictimcompensation_9679_7.pdf - MI Crime Victims Compensation brochure

    Adobe pdf Files:

    JFAA

    FCVRA Administrative Complaint Process

    Victim-Witness Specialist

    For additional information regarding our office's victim-witness program, please direct written or E-mail correspondence to:

    Sandy Palazzolo
    Victim-Witness Specialist
    U.S. Attorney's Office
    211 W. Fort Street
    Suite 2001
    Detroit, MI 48226

    Sandy.Palazzolo@usdoj.gov
    Telephone: (313) 226-9100

    Updated April 23, 2015