We are planning a New York trip at the beginning of October in order to personally check the status of the case.
Below you will find the rights the victims have in front of American institutions.
Victim Witness Assistance Unit
The Victim-Witness Assistance Unit (VWAU) of the United States Attorney’s Office provides services for hundreds of victims and witnesses of federal crimes each year and ensures that the voices and needs of crime victims remain uppermost in our minds throughout the judicial process. The VWAU consists of Shirley Estreicher, the Victim-Witness Program Manager, and Rosa Salloum, a Victim-Witness Specialist. The VWAU can be reached at (973) 645-2717.
Rights of Crime Victims
Federal crime victims* have the following rights, as set forth in the Justice for All Act of 2004, 18 U.S.C. § 3771:
(1) The right to be reasonably protected from the accused.
(2) The right to reasonable, accurate, and timely notice of any public court proceeding, or any parole proceeding, involving the crime or of any release or escape of the accused.
(3) The right not to be excluded from any such public court proceeding, unless the court, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim heard other testimony at that proceeding.
(4) The right to be reasonably heard at any public proceeding in the district court involving release, plea, sentencing, or any parole proceeding.
(5) The reasonable right to confer with the attorney for the Government in the case.
(6) The right to full and timely restitution as provided in law.
(7) The right to proceedings free from unreasonable delay.
(8) The right to be treated with fairness and with respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.
(9) The right to be informed in a timely manner of any plea bargain or deferred prosecution agreement.
(10) The right to be informed of the rights under this section and the services described in section 503(c) of the Victims’ Rights and Restitution Act of 1990 (42 U.S.C. 10607(c)) and provided contact information for the Office of the Victims’ Rights Ombudsman of the Department of Justice.
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