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Victim Witness

U.S. Attorney's Office Victim-Witness Coordinator provides information to senior citizens who attended the Elder Fraud Summit which the office

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

    National Center for Victims of Crime

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


    National Organization for Victim Assistance

    1-800- TRY-NOVA


    National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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

    Childhelp USA

    National Child Abuse Hotline


    Michigan Child Protective Services

    Lists protective service agencies by Michigan counties

    National Domestic Violence hotline

    800-799-SAFE (7233)

    Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

    Lists resources for victims and domestic violence shelters


    Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
    click on domestic violence

    National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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

    1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
    Disaster Relief Information.

    Federal Bureau of Prisons

    Parents of Murdered Children

    Mothers Against Drunk Driving

    National Eldercare

    Senior services in Michigan

    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

    Identity Theft Resource Center - 1888-400-5530

    Toll Free, No cost & Victim Assistance

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

    Internet Fraud Information Center
    Report telemarketing or internet fraud.


    Medicare Fraud Hotline

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


    Securities and Exchange Commission
    File or investigate a prior complaint.

    202-942-8088 - Instant Information Recording

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


    United States Postal Service
    Takes reports of mail crimes.


    National Foundation for Credit Counseling

    Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
    Consumer information and advocacy.


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

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

    Experian, Inc.
    P.O. Box 949
    Allen, TX 75013

    Trans Union Corporation
    P.O. Box 6790
    Fullerton, CA 92834

    Michigan Crime Victim Compensation:

    Provides a list of Michigan service agencies funded by this organization.
    Download Crime Victim Compensation forms for eligible victims. - MI Crime Victims Compensation Application form - MI Crime Victims Compensation brochure

    Adobe pdf Files:


    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
    Telephone: (313) 226-9100

    Updated August 13, 2015