January 10, 2017

Assistance for Victims of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport Shooting

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the shooting at the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6, 2017. Crimes can have a devastating effect on victims and their families who may need assistance coping with the impact. Providing information and assistance to victims of the shooting is an important part of our work.

The FBI is legally mandated to identify victims of federal crimes that it investigates and provide these victims with information, assistance services, and resources. The FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) is uniquely suited to provide emergency assistance to victims of domestic and international terrorism and mass violence crimes due to its national and international scope and extensive experience in responding to victims of these crimes.

The OVA developed the Victim Assistance Rapid Deployment Team (VA-RDT) to further support the FBI’s response to criminal aviation disasters and mass casualty terrorism incidents, as well as to support field offices in multi-victim cases calling for additional resources, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) in non-criminal aviation or other transportation disasters, non-federal mass casualties as part of support to local law enforcement, and other disasters as directed. We are working closely with our state and local partner agencies in Fort Lauderdale to ensure that victims and families receive assistance and support.

Seal of the Office for Victim Assistance Program with motto Fairness, Respect, Privacy.

If you were injured in or witnessed the mass shooting at the Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport, you may be eligible for certain services and rights, including special funding to provide emergency assistance, crime victim compensation, and counseling. Additional information about these resources can be found below.

If you need further information, please e-mail the FBI’s Miami Division for any victim inquiries. Please note that this e-mail is for victims of the Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport shooting, not for tips or leads.

Electronic Versions of Key Resources:

For Children:

Additional Resources:

Florida's Crime Victim Compensation Program

Funded through the Office for Victims of Crime-administered Crime Victims Fund, this program helps victims offset the financial burden of funeral, mental health, medical, and other expenses related to the shootings. Following is contact information for this program:

Florida Office of the Attorney General
Bureau of Victim Compensation
The Capitol, PL-01
Tallahassee, FL 32399-1050

Phone: 1 (800) 226-6667
TDD: 1 (800) 955-8771

Delta Airlines Customer Care

  • Available 8 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday to respond to travel-related inquiries and assist with travel arrangements.
  • 1 (800) 455-2720

Henderson Mobile Crisis Line

  • Mobile crisis services are available at any time for people experiencing an emotional crisis. Response teams provide immediate on-site assessment, crisis intervention and counseling, linkage and referral, follow-up to promote crisis resolution and evaluation, and inpatient hospitalization as necessary.
  • 1 (954) 463-0911

Broward County 2-1-1 First Call for Help

  • Counseling services available for depression, suicidal ideation, family and relationship issues, substance abuse; assistance with food, shelter, and emotional crisis
  • 1 (954) 537-0211

Broward County Office of the Medical Examiner and Trauma Services

  • Provides forensic services to the citizens in Broward County, government agencies, and health care providers; quality and comprehensive trauma medical care and medical transportation to the citizens and visitors of Broward County
  • Indigent Cremation and Disposition Program
  • 1 (954) 357-5245

Legal Aid/Family Law Section

  • Provides free legal service to indigents in Broward County. The services are in the areas of housing, public benefits, consumer issues, senior law, and family law/domestic violence issues.
  • 1 (954) 358-5644

American Red Cross, Broward County Chapter

  • 600 NE 3rd Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304
  • 1 (954) 797-3800
  • Counseling: 1 (754) 366-6072
  • Spiritual Care: 1 (321) 300-4673; 1 (954) 405-2022

National Crisis Hotline

  • Crisis help line available 24/7
  • 1 (800) 273-8255

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