FBI

The FBI is the lead law enforcement agency responsible for investigating the bombings at the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013. 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 bombings 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 more than 13,000 victims of these crimes.

If you were injured or witnessed the Boston Marathon bombings, 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 at website links listed below. If you have not spoken to an FBI victim specialist, please contact the FBI Office for Victim Assistance at bostonmarathon victimassistance@ic.fbi.gov, call the FBI Victim Assistance Call Center at 1-800-331-0075 or click here.

The United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massachusetts

The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts will be prosecuting the defendant.

The U.S. Attorney’s Victim Assistance Staff will provide information and assistance to victims throughout the prosecution process. This assistance includes information about victims’ rights, the status of the case, referrals to community-based services, and court accompaniment. If victims have questions or need assistance, please contact the Victim Assistance staff via email at USAMA.victimassistance@usdoj.gov. A recorded line that provides information about the case can be reached at 888-221-6023; you will not be able to leave a message on this line. If you wish to speak to someone directly, please contact the FBI Victim Assistance Call Center  at 1-800-331-0075.

The U.S Attorney’s Office will use the Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS), in addition to other means, to ensure victims are informed. This automated system provides victims with information by letter or email about scheduled court dates and the outcome of significant court events. In addition, victims may access case status information by calling the VNS Call Center at 1-866-365-4968 (1-866-DOJ-4YOU) or by accessing the VNS website site: www.notify.usdoj.gov. Access to VNS is limited to victims of the federal crime who have received VNS ID and PIN numbers from the U.S. Attorney's Office. It is  important to have current contact information for victims, particularly emails and phone numbers, in order to provide timely notification.