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Victim Assistance Program

FAQs for US v Hudgins and US v Patterson

The FBI's Victim Assistance Program was established to help those who have suffered—or been threatened with—direct physical, emotional, and/or other kinds of harm as a result of a commission of a federal crime investigated by the FBI. The Bureau provides victims and witnesses with their first, and sometimes only, contact with the federal criminal justice system.

As federal law enforcement professionals, the employees of the FBI are concerned about the problems victims and witnesses often experience. As victims and witnesses, you may experience anger, confusion, frustration, fear, or other reactions as a result of a crime.

The Victim-Witness Assistance Program is available to inform you of your rights. As a federal crime victim you are entitled to:

  • The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for your dignity and privacy;
  • The right to be reasonably protected from the accused offender;
  • The right to be notified of court proceedings;
  • The right to be present at all public court proceedings related to the offense, unless the court determines that your testimony would be materially affected if you heard other testimony at trial;
  • The right to confer with the attorney for the government in the case;
  • The right to restitution; and
  • The right to information about the conviction, sentencing, imprisonment, and release of the offender.

If you are a victim or witness to a federal crime that the Richmond FBI Office is investigating, please contact the Victim Specialist for more information. The FBI is here to serve you.

Donna Mixner, Victim Specialist
Richmond FBI
Phone: (804) 261-1044
E-mail: victimservicesFBI_VA@hotmail.com

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