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Victim/Witness Assistance


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Victim/Witness assistance for the United States Attorneys Office, District of Nebraska, provides services, support, and education to victims and witnesses of federal crimes. Staff is committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses are treated with fairness and respect and receive information and assistance for relevant services. Some of those services include notification of significant court events, referral to appropriate support services, reasonable protection from the accused, help determining and requesting restitution, and the return of property and information concerning the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender. Witnesses, upon request, will be notified of significant court events, convictions, and sentences. Witnesses are offered support through trial, preparation of travel arrangements, and special services, as appropriate. Kim L. Roewert and Erin E. Aliano serve as Victim/Witness Specialists for the District of Nebraska.

Victim Rights

As a crime victim, you have the following rights under 18 United States Code ยง 3771:

(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused;

(2) 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;

(3) 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;

(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding;

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

(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law;

(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay;

(8) 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 also have the right to seek the advice of an 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.

Programs

- Victim Notification System (VNS)
- Emergency Witness Assistance Program (EWAP)
- Witness Management
- Information for Victims in Large Cases

Related Links

Office for Victims of Crime
U.S. Department of Justice
Federal Bureau of Investigation
U.S. Postal Inspection Service
Federal Bureau of Prisons
Criminal Division

Nebraska Coalition for Victims of Crime

Contact Us

Kim Roewert, Victim Witness Specialist
  • VNS Management
  • Weed & Seed Oversight
  • EWAP Requests
  • District-Wide Training
Erin Aliano, Victim Witness Specialist
  • All Indian Country Issues (inc. VNS, Training, and MDT's)
  • Witness Management
(402) 661-3700
(800) 889-9124

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