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Staff Judge Advocate to the Commandant

Headquarters, U.S. Marine Corps

MCAS Yuma VWAP Program

MCAS Yuma’s Victim and Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is designed to ensure victims and witnesses of crime are treated with fairness and dignity and are afforded their rights throughout the criminal justice process – from the first report of a crime through any period of confinement adjudged by a court-martial.

The Marine Corps VWAP instruction is MCO 5800.14: MCO 5800_14 VWAP.pdf

VICTIM RIGHTS

1.  To be treated with fairness and respect for the victim’s dignity and privacy.

2.  To be reasonable protected from the accused.

3.  To be notified of any decision to dispose of an alleged offense at court-martial, NJP, or admin separation proceedings.

4.  To be present at all public court-martial, NJP, and admin separation proceedings, unless the court or legal advisor, after receiving clear and convincing evidence, determines that testimony by the victim would be materially altered if the victim head other testimony at that proceeding.  This right does not obligate the government to pay for expenses incurred by the victim to be present.

5.  To be reasonably heard at any public involving release, plea, sentencing, or parole of the accused.  This right does not obligate the government to pay for expenses incurred by the victim to be present.

6.  To confer with the attorney for the government in the case.

7.  To receive information about the conviction, sentence, confinement, and release of the accused.

8.  To be notified of the apprehension of an accused, the initial appearance of an accused before a military judge, the release of the accused pending court-martial, any escape of the accused, and the time and location of any trial, NJP, or admin separation proceedings (including entry of guilty pleas and sentencing).

9.  To proceedings free from unreasonable delay.

10. To receive available restitution.

WITNESS RIGHTS

1.  To be treated with fairness and respect for the witness’s dignity and privacy. 

2.  To be reasonable protected from the accused.

3.  To be notified of any decision to dispose of an alleged offense at court-martial, NJP, or admin separation proceedings.

4.  To be provided information about the resolution of the case to include admin separation decision, any punishment awarded to the offender, sentencing, imprisonment and release of the offender, if confined.

5.  To be notified of the apprehension of an accused, the initial appearance of an accused before a military judge, the release of the accused pending court-martial, any escape of the accused, and the time and location of any trial, NJP, or admin separation proceedings (including entry of guilty pleas and sentencing).

Victim Witness Liaison Officer

Captain James J. Saccardo, USMC, is the Victim and Witness Liaison Officer (VWLO) for MCAS Yuma and acts as the Commanding Officer, MCAS Yuma's manager for the VWAP Program aboard the air station. In that capacity, Captain Saccardo chairs the VWAP Council, manages and maintains a list of all unit Victim Witness Assistance Coordinators and other base Victim Witness Representatives, provides liaison with local civilian services for victims of crime, tracks all services provided and is the central point of contact for the base program

 

Pursuant to Marine Corps Directives, each office or agency which provides services to victims and witnesses (see list below) appoints a Victim Witness Assistance Representative and each unit (Battalion and Squadron level and above) appoints a Victim Witness Assistance Coordinator (VWAC).  The VWAC and other representatives are responsible for that unit or office's part of the base VWAP.

 

Captain Saccardo can be contacted at (928) 269-3408 or james.saccardo@usmc.mil. 

Base Services For Victims and Witnesses

Chaplain

MCAS Yuma Chaplain offer counseling, religious ministries and related services to victims & witnesses upon request.

(928) 269-2371/3454


Legal Assistance

The MCAS Yuma Legal Assistance office provides crime victims and witnesses information regarding their rights under the Victim Witness Assistance Program and applicable law and regulation.

(928) 269-3586/2481 


Prosecution/Trial Services Office

The MCAS Yumas Legal Services Support Detachment provides legal advice and support to all MCAS Yuma tenant commands in the prosecution of Marines and sailors in general, special, and summary courts-martial.  Rights and services afforded by the military justice office to victims and witnesses during the criminal trial process include: the right to be present at all public court proceedings, the right to be contacted about the proposed dismissal of any and all charges, the right to be consulted on decisions not to prosecute, the right to be contacted regarding the proposed terms of any negotiated plea, and the right to be notified of the acceptance of a guilty plea, or any conviction, sentencing and imprisonment of the accused.

(928) 269-3483 


MCAS Yuma Criminal Investigation and Law Enforcement

NCIS, CID, and PMO provide investigative services for criminal offenses.  Criminal investigators and law enforcement personnel are responsible for providing victims and witnesses of crimes with the initial information under the VWAP and ensuring they have points of contact for all available services and assistance under the VWAP.

NCIS   (928) 269-2305/3155

CID     (928) 269-2362/6000

PMO   (928) 269-3128


Victim Advocacy Support Program

Yuma’s Victim Advocates respond to sexual assault and domestic violence incidences 24/7 by providing supportive and advocacy services for the victim.  For more information and help call (928) 269-5256. Hours are: Mon - Fri: 7am - 4pm. Holidays and weekends after 4pm (928) 941-3650.


  

Sexual Assault Response Coordinator

Ms. Claudia Orozco, as the SARC, coordinates all the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response (SAPR) activities about MCAS Yuma and is a point of contact for victims of sexual assault.

Work (928) 269-2994

Cell     (928) 210-3027

24-hour Sexual Assault Hotline (928) 941-3601


Correctional Facilities (Brigs)

Military brigs house inmates before, during, and after the trial.  An accused servicemember placed in pretrial confinement, or sentenced to 30 days or less of confinement is housed at the MCAS Yuma Brig.  Post-trial inmates will be sent to MCAS Miramar.  As a victim or a witness, upon request you will be afforded the right to receive notifications regarding changes in the status of an inmate including: release, parole, transfer, and death.

MCAS Yuma – (928) 269-2881

MCAS Miramar – (858) 577-7069




           
Medical

MCAS Yuma’s medical clinic provides medical services for military personnel and dependents.

(928) 269-2700

Unit Victim & Witness Assistance Coordinators
A Unit VWAC is the command’s primary point of contact for victim and witness assistance matters.  In conjunction with the VWLO, VWACs coordinate victim and witness assistance matters within their unit.  Victims and witnesses should not hesitate to contact their unit’s VWAC for more information, assistance, or to help get in contact with victim and witness assistance services.

UNIT  PHONE
 MCAS Yuma SJA  (928) 269-3484 
 MCAS Yuma VWLO  (928) 269-3408
 H&HS  (928) 269-6013
 MAG-13  (928) 269-3386
 MALS-13  (928) 269-3482
 VMA-211  (928) 269-6516
 VMA-214  (928) 269-3581
 VMA-311  (928) 269-3695
 VMX-1  (928) 269-6736
 MACS-1  (928) 269-3809
 MWSS-371  (928) 269-2433
 MAWTS-1  (928) 269-2060
 VMFA-121  (928) 269-8669
 VMFT-401  (928) 269-2708
 CLC-16  (928) 269-6141
 PMO/CID  (928) 269-6000
 Brig  (928) 269-2881
 NCIS  (928) 269-3155
 SARC  (928) 269-2994
 FAP Manager  (928) 269-2561
 FAP VA  (928) 269-2990
 Chaplain  (928) 269-2371
 Trial Counsel  (928) 269-3487
 Legal Assistance  (928) 269-2802
Local Civilian Services

Information Resources 24 Hour Information and Referral

602-263-8900, 1-800-799-7739



Yuma Police Department

928-783-4421

Yuma County Sheriff’s Office

928-783-4427

Crime Victim Compensation Program

National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards 703-780-3200

Yuma County Attorney’s Office 928-817-4300



Domestic Violence – Abuse Crisis Counseling

AZ Child Abuse or Neglect Hotline (CPS)

1-888-SOS-CHILD (767-2445)

Arizona Coalition Against Domestic Violence

1-800-782-6400

Boys Town National Hotline (24 Hours) 1-800-448-3000

Casa de Yuma (Sexual Assault Hotline) 928-782-7273

MCAS Family Advocacy Program 928-269-2561

National Domestic Violence Hotline 1-800-799-SAFE (7233)

Amberly’s Place 928-373-0849



Legal Services

Victim Rights and Witness Assist Program – AZ State Attorney General

1-800-742-4911

Orders of Protection/Injunctions Against Harassment

San Luis Municipal Court 928-627-8052, Ext 18

Wellton Municipal Court 928-785-3348

Yuma Municipal Court 928-373-4800

Somerton Municipal Court 928-627-2722



Sexual Abuse Counseling

Amberly’s Place 928-373-0849

Childhelp USA (Scottsdale) 480-922-8212

Coalition to End Arizona Sexual Exploitation (Phoenix)

602-268-5860

MCAS Yuma Victim Advocate Services

928-269-5612, 928-941-3650 (emergency number)

Victim Services

Office of Victim Services – AZ State Attorney General

1-800-742-4911

Yuma County Attorney Victim Witness Program

928-329-2279

Amberly’s Place 928-373-0849

Safe House Shelter 928-782-0044

1-877-440-0550