The Federal Victim Witness Assistance Unit provides help to victims of crime while they are involved with the criminal justice system. Our program's goal is to ensure that victims of federal crime are treated with fairness and respect for the victim's privacy. Click on the following links for information on How We Can Help, Contact Information, Complaint Process, Rights of Crime Victims, Victim Notification System, Coming to Court, Witness Information, Restitution, and Resources.
The Victim Witness Unit can:
1. Provide crisis intervention and support services and referrals to appropriate community agencies and programs, including information on how to apply for victim compensation.
2. Provide information about the status of a victim's case in the criminal justice process and information about a victim's rights and role in the federal criminal justice process.
3. Provide crime prevention tips, especially for victims of financial crimes, such as telemarketing, mail fraud, investment fraud, and identity theft crimes.
4. Accompany victims to court for hearings.
5. Provide information about the victim impact process, the restitution process, and the right to allocution at sentencing where permitted.
6. Act as a victims' liaison with investigative agencies, U.S. Probation Department, the Bureau of Prisons and the assigned prosecutor.
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United States Attorney's Office
Jan Klika, Victim Witness Assistant
A crime victim may file a complaint against any employee of the Department of Justice who has violated or failed to provide the rights established under the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004. The Department of Justice has established the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman to receive and investigate complaints filed by crime victims against its employees and has implemented Procedures to Promote Compliance with Crime Victims’ Rights Obligations. The Victims' Rights Point of Contact at the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Eastern District of Wisconsin, is Ms. Lisa Warwick, who can be reached at 414-297-1700.
A crime victim includes any person who has been directly and proximately harmed as a result of the commission of a Federal offense or an offense in the District of Columbia. An employee of the Department of Justice includes any attorney, investigator, law enforcement officer, or other personnel employed by any division or office of the Department of Justice whose regular course of duties includes direct interaction with crime victims (not including a contractor). Your complaint must be filed within sixty (60) days of your knowledge of a violation by the Department of Justice employee, but not more than one year after the actual violation.
Click "How to File a Complaint" for more information.