The United States Attorney's Office for the Eastern District of New York is committed to protecting the rights of crime victims. The Victim Witness Assistance Program in each United States Attorney's Office was established to carry out the mandates of the Federal Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982 and subsequent legislation. These victim/witness assistance and protection laws apply to all victims and witnesses of federal crime who have suffered physical, financial, or emotional trauma. A variety of notification and assistance services are provided to victims and witnesses of federal crime by Assistant United States Attorneys, the Victim-Witness Coordinator, and other U. S. Attorney's Office staff, with the assistance of federal law enforcement agencies.
If you are a victim seeking further information on a PENDING CASE that is listed on our website, please click here.
For additional victim witness resources, please click here.
What is Restitution? Restitution is compensation for a loss that is paid by a criminal to the victim of the crime. It is not awarded in civil cases, but is ordered as part of a criminal sentence. Restitution is only available for an actual monetary loss that a victim sustained as a result of the defendant’s criminal conduct.
Under Federal law, restitution is mandatory for most types of crimes. It is important for victims entitled to restitution to keep a record of losses; medical expenses, property damage, counseling expenses, with receipts when possible. This information will be needed by the probation department if the defendant is convicted and ordered to pay restitution.