In 2002 the Department of Justice created an automated Victim Notification System (VNS). The Department is committed to ensuring the victims of federal crime are treated fairly as their case moves through the criminal justice system. This free, computer based system provides two important services to victims: information and notification. Information is available in English and Spanish. VNS can inform a victim of information on scheduled court hearings and an offender's custody status. If you are a victim of a federal crime you will receive a letter from the US Attorney's Office explaining this system in detail along with a Victim Identification Number and a Personal Identification Number. Click here to view an electronic version of the VNS pamphlet.
The Victim-Witness Program has information available regarding such issues as; victim witness safety, federal domestic abuse laws, the restitution process in federal court, Internet safety for children, understanding your rights and the federal court system, the Victim Notification System, identity theft and consumer fraud. For copies of any of these pamphlets please write:
US Attorney's Office
Northern District of Iowa
Attn: Victim Witness Program
401 1st ST SE, Suite 400
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401-4950
The US Attorney's Office is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims and witnesses. If you are a victim of a Federal crime which is being prosecuted in the Northern District of Iowa and have questions about your case or need assistance, please contact us at (319) 363-6333 or toll free at (877) 398-2842.