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Victim Witness

U.S. Attorney's Office Victim-Witness Coordinator provides information to senior citizens who attended the Elder Fraud Summit which the office
co-sponsored with the Oakland County Prosecutor's Office in Troy, Michigan.

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

National Center for Victims of Crime

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


National Organization for Victim Assistance

1-800- TRY-NOVA


National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

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

Childhelp USA

National Child Abuse Hotline


Michigan Child Protective Services

Lists protective service agencies by Michigan counties

National Domestic Violence hotline

800-799-SAFE (7233)

Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence

Lists resources for victims and domestic violence shelters


Michigan Domestic Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
click on domestic violence

National Coalition Against Domestic Violence

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

1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Disaster Relief Information.

Federal Bureau of Prisons

Parents of Murdered Children

Mothers Against Drunk Driving

National Eldercare

Senior services in Michigan

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

Identity Theft Resource Center - 1888-400-5530

Toll Free, No cost & Victim Assistance

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

Internet Fraud Information Center
Report telemarketing or internet fraud.


Medicare Fraud Hotline

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


Securities and Exchange Commission
File or investigate a prior complaint.

202-942-8088 - Instant Information Recording

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


United States Postal Service
Takes reports of mail crimes.


National Foundation for Credit Counseling

Privacy Rights Clearinghouse
Consumer information and advocacy.


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

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

Experian, Inc.
P.O. Box 949
Allen, TX 75013

Trans Union Corporation
P.O. Box 6790
Fullerton, CA 92834

Michigan Crime Victim Compensation:

Provides a list of Michigan service agencies funded by this organization.
Download Crime Victim Compensation forms for eligible victims. - MI Crime Victims Compensation Application form - MI Crime Victims Compensation brochure

Adobe pdf Files:


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
Telephone: (313) 226-9100


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