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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 18 USC 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.
  • The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement.
  • The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims' Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims' Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.
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

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

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. or (for Spanish speakers)

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

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

Updated August 17, 2023