Every U.S. Attorney's Office has a Victim/Witness Assistance Program to assist victims of federal crimes. The Victim/Witness Assistance Programs are a part of federal efforts to provide information on rights and services to victims and witnesses of federal crimes, as well as to encourage the participation of victims in the criminal justice system to the extent that they wish, in accordance with federal law.
To Contact Our Office:
U. S. Department of Justice
United States Attorney
Northern District of Georgia
75 Spring Street, SW, 6th Floor
Atlanta, GA 30303
When contacting the Victim/Witness Assistance Program at the U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Georgia, call toll free at 1-888-431-1918. If no one answers, please leave a message, your name and phone number, as well as the name of the defendant, and/or case number if you are calling on a specific case. If no one is available, we will return your call as quickly as possible.
If you wish to attend a specific hearing, please be sure to provide information including the name of the defendant, the case number, your phone number and information sufficient to let program staff know that you want to attend a specific hearing. Cases are often postponed at very short notice, and every effort will be made to keep you informed, if you let us know you want to attend.
As a crime victim, you have the following rights under 18 United States Code Section 3771:
- The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;
- The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused;
- The right 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;
- The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;
- The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case;
- The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;
- The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;
- The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim's dignity and privacy.
- We will make our best efforts to ensure you are accorded the rights described. You may also seek the advice of a private attorney concerning these rights and your assertion of these rights in federal district court. Be advised that the law does not require providing information that may endanger the safety of any person.
Victim/Witness Assistance Programs within the U.S. Attorney's Offices primarily work with victims involved in indicted cases, however, program staff works closely with Victim/Witness Assistance Program staff from various other federal agencies such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, U.S. Postal Inspection Service, or U.S. Immigration Service who provide services to federal victims for cases under investigation.
While each District may differ in how each program is run, the Northern District of Georgia’s Federal Victim/Witness Assistance Program within the U.S. Attorney's Office offers a variety of services to eligible victims, which may include:
- Notifications regarding information about the status of a victim's case in the criminal justice process.
- Assistance with better understanding the criminal justice process.
- Accompanying victims to court for hearings, trials and sentencings, upon request, when staff is available for emotional support, assistance, and education on the criminal justice process.
- Referrals to appropriate community agencies and programs, including information on how to apply for victim compensation for victims of violent crimes.
- Information about a victim's rights and role in the federal criminal justice process. Information about the victim impact process, the restitution process, and the right to allocution at sentencing where permitted.
- Crisis intervention and support services.
- Act as a victims' liaison with investigative agencies, U.S. Probation Department, the Bureau of Prisons and the assigned prosecutor.
- Explaining court and/or case related information to employers/ creditors of victims or witnesses.
- Crime prevention tips, especially for victims of financial crimes such as telemarketing, mail theft and identity theft crimes.
- Assistance and information concerning transportation, parking, lodging, translator and related services pertaining to your court appearances.
Our office is concerned that victims and witnesses of crime are treated fairly throughout their contact with the criminal justice system. The Victim Witness Program is here to assist you throughout this process. Please contact us with questions you may have. Please contact us at 1-888-431-1918, 404-581-6102, or 404-581-6041
Christie Smith Jones
Victim Witness Coordinator
Victim Witness Assistant
Victim Witness Clerk
Toll Free: 1.888.431.1918