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If you are a victim of – or a witness to -- a crime that is being prosecuted by the United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, our Victim-Witness Assistance Program is designed to provide you with services while you are involved in the criminal justice system. The goal of the Federal Victim/Witness Assistance Program is to ensure that victims of federal crime are treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy. The program carries out the mandates of the Federal Victim and Witness Protection Act of 1982, the Crime Control Act of 1990, the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 and the Justice for All Act of 2004. These victim/witness assistance protection laws apply to all victims and witnesses of federal crime who have suffered physical, financial, or emotional trauma.
The Victim Witness Assistance Program is committed to ensuring that victims and witnesses of federal crimes are treated with fairness and respect and that victims are afforded rights and provided services necessary to help ease the impact of their victimization.
We have taken several steps to make participation by victims of crime and witnesses more effective and meaningful. The United States Department of Justice and the United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin are committed to advocating, assisting, and enforcing your rights as a federal crime victim. However, representatives of the Department represent the interests of the United States, which may occasionally differ from the interests of a single victim, and, we do not represent you personally. You may seek the advice of an attorney regarding any of the rights outlined on this website. A person accused of a crime is not entitled to any of the services contained on this website.
We hope this site provides you sufficient information to understand your rights. We recognize that being the victim or witness of a crime is a difficult and often traumatic experience. During the process, you will be kept informed of the status of your case by the Victim-Witness Coordinator, who will be your principal contact.