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Victim Witness Assistance

The Victim-Witness Program of the United States Attorney’s Office addresses the needs of crime victims and witnesses during the prosecution stage of the federal criminal justice process. The goal of the Victim-Witness Program is to ensure that crime victims are afforded their rights and that services are provided as entitled by law. This office is committed to treating victims and witnesses with fairness, respect and dignity.

Rights of Crime Victims (English) (Espanol)

Services and Assistance

Witness Instructions

Victim Notification System (VNS)


Victim Impact Statements

Dealing with A Traumatic Event

Victims of Violent Crime

National and Local Resources

Petition for Remission

Case Updates
In general, the Government attempts to identify each victim in a given case, and to provide those victims with the information relevant to the case through the Department of Justice’s Victim Notification System. In cases where, due to the number of victims involved, or for other reasons, such notification is impracticable, the Government may use other methods to communicate with victims, including posting relevant information online. Click on the links below for more detailed information about specific cases:

Multi-Victim Cases

U.S. vs. Bart Posey, et al.

U.S. vs. Ricky Lee Coleman

U.S. vs. Richard Olive

U.S. vs. Alton Minton

U.S. vs. Brian Whitfield, et al.

U.S. vs. Sheila Kennedy, et al.

U.S. vs. Timothy Thomas, et al.

    For more information, contact:

    John Hernandez
    Victim/Witness Specialist
    Phone: (615) 736-2150



    Updated April 21, 2015