FBI Phoenix Recognizes Crime Victims’ Rights Week Celebrates 20 Years of Victim Services Division
PHOENIX, AZ—FBI Phoenix, in commemoration of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW), April 24–30, 2022, joins its federal, state, local, and tribal law enforcement partners in taking this opportunity to raise awareness about crime victims’ issues and rights. NCVRW is celebrated each year in communities across the nation to honor, acknowledge, and support crime victims. This year also marks the 20-year anniversary of the FBI’s victim services division.
The FBI’s mission is to protect the American people and uphold the Constitution of the United States. When a scammer victimizes the elderly, a predator targets a child online, or terror strikes a community, the FBI works to bring the perpetrators to justice. But our job doesn’t stop there. One of the most important additional roles we play is assisting victims of federal crime through our victim services division. The FBI Phoenix Field Office has Victim Specialists in Phoenix and in each of our seven Resident Agencies across the state to include: Tucson, Sierra Vista, Yuma, Flagstaff, Pinetop-Lakeside, Lake Havasu, and Gallup.
The victim services mission is to inform, support, and assist victims in navigating the aftermath of crime and the criminal justice process with dignity and resilience. That includes, but is not limited to, working with elderly couples who lost their savings to a scam, providing emotional support to a child victim, and providing all assistance a family may need after the loss of a loved one.
“As we commemorate the 20th anniversary of the FBI’s victim services program, we also remember and honor victims throughout Arizona who have had their lives forever altered by a devastating crime,” said Sean Kaul, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Phoenix field office. “Bringing criminals to justice as well as treating their victims with care and compassion are at the very heart of who we are and what we do.”
For additional information about the FBI victim specialist program, visit https://www.fbi.gov/resources/victim-services.