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 U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance staff will provide information and assistance to victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing throughout the prosecution of the federal criminal case, U.S. v. Dzhokhar Tsarnaev.  This assistance includes providing information about federal crime victims’ rights, providing notification of scheduled court events in the criminal case, providing court accompaniment to victims who attend federal court proceedings, and providing information about victim services, including referrals to community based programs in Massachusetts or in the state where victims or their family members reside.

To contact the U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance staff, call 617-748-3100 or email USAMA.victimassistance@usdoj.gov. Victims may also call the U.S. Attorney’s Office Victim Assistance Message Line 888-221-6023. Additional information is available on the U.S. Attorney’s Office website http://www.justice.gov/usao/ma/vwa.html

A trial date of November 3, 2014 is scheduled; the jury selection process will begin on that date.