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Victim Witness

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

www.crimevictims.gov

National Center for Victims of Crime

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

1-800-394-2255

www.victimsofcrime.org

National Organization for Victim Assistance

1-800- TRY-NOVA

1-800-879-6682

www.try-nova.org

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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

www.missingkids.com

Childhelp USA

National Child Abuse Hotline

1-8004-A-CHILD

www.childhelpusa.org

Michigan Child Protective Services

Lists protective service agencies by Michigan counties

www.michigan.gov/dhs

National Domestic Violence hotline

800-799-SAFE (7233)

www.ndvh.org

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Lists resources for victims and domestic violence shelters

517-347-7000

www.mcadsv.org

Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
517-373-8144
www.michigan.gov/dhs
click on domestic violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
303-839-1852
www.ncadv.org

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

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)
www.rainn.org

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Disaster Relief Information.

http://www.samhsa.gov/

Federal Bureau of Prisons
www.bop.gov

Parents of Murdered Children
www.pomc.org

Mothers Against Drunk Driving
www.madd.org

National Eldercare
www.eldercare.gov

Senior services in Michigan
www.miseniors.net

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
www.michigan.gov/ag

Identity Theft Resource Center - 1888-400-5530

Toll Free, No cost & Victim Assistance
www.idtheftcenter.org/

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

www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/microsites/idtheft/

Internet Fraud Information Center
Report telemarketing or internet fraud.

800-876-7060
www.fraud.org

Medicare Fraud Hotline
1-800-HHS-TIPS
http://www.medicare.gov/FraudAbuse/HowToReport.asp

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

800-269-0271
www.ssa.gov/oig

Securities and Exchange Commission
File or investigate a prior complaint.

202-942-8088 - Instant Information Recording
www.sec.gov

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

301-590-6500
www.nasdr.com

United States Postal Service
Takes reports of mail crimes.

800-654-8896
www.usps.gov

National Foundation for Credit Counseling
800-388-2227
www.nfcc.org

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Consumer information and advocacy.

619-298-3396
www.privacyrights.org

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

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

Experian, Inc.
www.experian.com
P.O. Box 949
Allen, TX 75013
1-888-397-3742

Trans Union Corporation
www.tuc.com
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834
1-800-916-8800

Michigan Crime Victim Compensation:

Provides a list of Michigan service agencies funded by this organization.
Download Crime Victim Compensation forms for eligible victims.

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/app_6993_7.pdf - MI Crime Victims Compensation Application form

http://www.michigan.gov/documents/Crimevictimcompensation_9679_7.pdf - MI Crime Victims Compensation brochure

Adobe pdf Files:

JFAA

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

Sandy.Palazzolo@usdoj.gov
Telephone: (313) 226-9100

 

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