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Victim/Witness Assistance Unit

U.S. Attorney Beth Phillips presents the Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award
Acting U.S. Attorney David M. Ketchmark presented Det. Thomas Cates of the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Department (center) with the Crystal Kipper & Ali Kemp Memorial Award with Roger Kemp (far right), father of one of the victims for whom the award is named as part of Crime Victims' Rights Week.
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The overall purpose of our Victim/Witness Assistance Program is:

  • to enhance and protect the necessary role of crime victims and witnesses within the Federal criminal justice process;
  • to form partnerships with State and local communities to establish and provide important victim services and rights; and
  • to assure our best efforts in affording victims the following rights pursuant to 42 U.S.C. Section 10606(b):


A crime victim has the following rights:

(1) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.

(2) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender.

(3) The right to be notified of court proceedings.

(4) The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense unless the court
determines that testimony by the victim would be materially affected if the victim heard other
testimony at trial.

(5) The right to confer with attorney for the Government in the case.

(6) The right to restitution.

(7) The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the

The goal of the Federal Victim-Witness Program is to ensure that victims and witnesses of federal crimes are treated fairly, that their privacy is respected, and that they are treated with dignity and respect. The Victim-Witness Assistance Unit is committed to helping victims and witnesses of crime while they are involved with the federal criminal justice system. The staff can assist by answering questions about the federal prosecutorial process, provide information about crime victim compensation claims, court hearings, case status, and victim impact statements. Staff may also provide referrals to social service agencies, accompany victims/witnesses to court, and assist with the travel and lodging arrangements for out-of-district witnesses.

How to Contact Us:

Victim Witness Unit
United States Attorney's Office
400 East 9th Street, Fifth Floor
Kansas City, MO 64106
(816) 426-3122 or (800) 733-6558
FAX (816) 426-4349.

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Updated February 26, 2015