Victim Assistance Project
FBI Victim Specialists work with a network of local non-profits and other service providers to help victims and their families cope with the impact of trauma resulting from violent crimes, crimes against children, human trafficking, hate crimes, white collar and cyber crimes. While there are a variety of programs dedicated to supporting victims of these crimes, there is often a gap in scope and time when these resources or services are not immediately available.
The FBISDCAAA Victim Assistance Project is intended to bridge this gap and provide discretionary funding and services to help meet the critical needs of victims and assist in reducing the effects of trauma, which may include:
- Clothes for rape victims when investigators must collect their clothes for DNA testing
- Suitcases for victims of human trafficking who have nothing but a trash bag to carry their belongings
- Lodging/accommodations and/or transportation for individuals and families fleeing violent situations
- Dental or medical procedures for victims of torture and abuse
- Meals for a community/congregation victimized by a hate crime
FBISDCAAA alumni and local businesses are encouraged to contact us to express readiness to provide a pro bono service or assistance to crime victims through the Emergency Victim Assistance Services program. Needed services include: dental, medical, clinical, and funeral services; lodging/accommodations; transportation and relocation assistance; restaurant meal preparation/delivery; venue use/meeting space for family assistance/resource center; and more.
A Beary Special Cause
San Diego Regional Law Enforcement has been a proud supporter and partner of Rady Children’s Hospital for the last three decades and the FBISDCAAA is humbled to support the event as well. Our membership dues help contribute to providing teddy bears to every patient at the hospital.
Chapter of Excellence Award
Across the country, FBISDCAAA members join more than 31,000 alumni who have graduated from 60 chapters that sponsored the FBI Citizens Academy during the last 25 years. At the National Leadership Conference in Houston in August 2019, FBISDCAAA Vice President Ingrid Rainey (center) accepted the “Chapter of Excellence Award” from Kevin Jensen, National President (San Francisco) and Kathie Wylie, National Vice President, Chapter Relations (New Orleans). Requirements to receive this award are significant and include several activities that support FBI outreach in our community.
At the 2018 national conference, the FBI National Citizens Academy Alumni Association Board of Directors awarded its prestigious Presidential Gold Medal to three FBI San Diego CAAA members: Sheri Sachs, Gary Bobileff, and Mike Struttmann. They were recognized for their outstanding support of law enforcement over a 12-day period in mid-May 2018 when they coordinated, delivered, and (in some cases) cooked meals for approximately 125 Federal, State, and Local law enforcement professionals and forensic analysts.
Meet the FBI’s Crisis Canines
Wally and Giovanni are the FBI’s new Crisis Response Canines, part of a pilot program launched by the FBI’s Office for Victim Assistance. Learn how their warm hearts and sweet brown eyes help both victims and first responders cope with mass casualty events in this short video.
Welcome SAC Scott Brunner
On May 28, 2019, FBI Director Christopher Wray announced Scott Brunner as the new special agent in charge of the FBI’s San Diego field office. Brunner has been with the agency nearly 24 years and previously spent about four years in San Diego supervising a strike force that tackled major Mexican drug traffickers. Read the UT article.
Brunner replaces Suzanne Turner, who had been the acting special agent in charge since February, when SAC John Brown was promoted to assistant director of the FBI’s Counterintelligence Division in Washington, D.C. The FBISDCAAA thanks acting SAC Turner for her leadership and support in recent months and during our spring Citizens Academy.
Congratulations to New Graduates
On May 21, more than 30 new alumni celebrated graduating from the FBI San Diego Citizens Academy’s spring 2019 class. FBI Acting Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner presented certificates to each graduate following dinner at the Admiral Kidd Club.
Cyber Warnings from Headquarters
Bold and ruthless, cyber criminals are constantly looking for their next victim. Whether it is ransomware, Fake FBI Emails or the most recent online scam, stay informed and aware with the e-scams and warnings from FBI Headquarters.
The FBI is seeking to diversify its special agent workforce as it hires more than 900 special agents in the coming fiscal year. Visit fbijobs.gov for details and the application.
FBI Director Wray Visited San Diego
FBI Director Christopher Wray visited the FBI San Diego Field Office in mid-November 2018 and met with local law enforcement leadership, InfraGard members, corporate partner representatives, and FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association board members. After sharing a little about himself and his tenure in public service, Director Wray spoke about the importance of public-private partnerships and how much has changed in our society that led to evolution of and increased importance of partnerships between government and corporate entities. He relayed appreciation for the relationship between the FBI and Citizens Academy sites across the country and applauded the San Diego chapter for graduating two Citizens Academy classes in 2018.
FBI Celebrated 110 Years in 2018
The FBI was established on July 26, 1908, by Attorney General Charles J. Bonaparte with just 34 special agents and was officially named the Federal Bureau of Investigation in 1935. Since then, the FBI has grown to nearly 37,000 employees, including more than 13,500 special agents and more than 22,800 professional staff employees in 56 field offices, more than 400 resident agencies, and 90 legal attaché offices and sub-offices worldwide. Read the full article at fbi.gov.