One of the rights afforded to victims of federal crimes by the Crime Victims’ Rights Act of 2004 is the right to be notified. Victims have the right to be informed of the services they are entitled to receive; any public court proceedings related to the crime; and the status of the accused, including any release or escape from custody.
The right to notification is also supported by each state; however, the system by which victim notification is performed may vary. Victims of federal crimes can obtain information through the federal Victim Notification System. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Victim Notification Program provides information on offenders who entered the country illegally.
The following resources provide information on victim notification.
The Victim Information and Notification Everyday (VINE) system allows crime victims across the country to obtain timely and reliable information about criminal cases and the custody status of offenders 24 hours a day—via phone, email, text message (SMS) or TTY device. Please visit the VineLink website to register.
Federal victim notification information is available on the U.S. Department of Justice's Victim Notification System (VNS) website. For additional information, visit the Victim Notification section of our website.
If you have not received your Victim Identification Number (VIN) and/or Personal Identification Number (PIN) for the federal Victim Notification System (VNS), please contact the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, or the U.S. Attorney's Office handling your case.
For additional information, please visit the Victim Notification System website and the Department of Justice's Victim Notification Program website.