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Contact the District of Alaska Victim-Witness Assistance Unit at: (907) 271-5071


The Victim and Witness Assistance Program for the District of Alaska was established to assist Alaskan citizens who are victims of and/or witnesses to federal crimes, and to encourage their participation in the criminal justice system in accordance with federal law.

Federal crimes in which assistance may be provided include bank and postal robberies, child pornography, fraud and financial crimes (such as identity theft, telemarketing and investment fraud), hate crimes, or other crimes (such as homicide, sexual assaults, or child abuse) that occur on federal property.

Where appropriate, the Victim and Witness Assistance Unit of the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Alaska will provide assistance to citizens of the district by:
  • Explaining the criminal justice process, its ramifications, and its requirements

  • Providing information regarding a victim's rights and their role in the federal criminal justice process

  • Providing information about the status of a victim's case within the criminal justice process

  • Accompanying victims to trials and sentencing (upon request)

  • Assisting the victim to complete a comprehensive Victim Impact Statement for the Court

  • Arranging for the victim's right to speak before the court at sentencing hearings (where permitted)

  • Providing information about the financial restitution process once restitution has been ordered by the Court

  • Acting as the victim's advocate regarding the return of property used as evidence

  • Helping victims register with the U.S. Bureau of Prisons to obtain notice regarding an inmate's transfer, release, or parole hearings

  • Making referrals to appropriate community agencies, programs and support services.

  • Helping with crisis intervention and support services

  • Providing crime prevention tips

Many laws have been established to ensure that innocent victims of crimes have their rights upheld, their dignity and privacy respected, and are treated with fairness. Just a few of the legislative efforts toward this end include:

  •  The Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982

  •  The Victims of Crime Act of 1984

  •  The Crime Control Act of 1990

  •  The Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994

  •  The Antiterrorism and Effective Death Penalty Act of 1996

  •  The Crime Victims Rights Act a.k.a. Justice for All Act of 2004


Case Updates

United States v Hecker et al


Additional Information

Bill of Rights for Victims of Federal Crime

Links to additional Victim Witness Assistance Information




Updated May 10, 2018

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