After mass shootings, this little-known FBI unit focuses on helping victims

  
Via:  kavika  •  2 weeks ago  •  12 comments

After mass shootings, this little-known FBI unit focuses on helping victims

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The FBI employs 171 victims specialists who fan out to aid survivors and victims' families in the aftermath of mass casualty events.









Aug. 10, 2019, 5:52 PM EDT

By   Ken Dilanian and Rich Gardella


Frank Bignami's wife, Autumn, was clinging to life on a hospital bed, a tube in her throat, when he heard that somebody from the FBI wanted to see him.


It was Oct. 2, 2017, the day after a gunman turned a Las Vegas country music festival into a killing field.



Frank was just grazed, but Autumn had been shot three times, in the back, hand and face. She had not woken up. Their three children were back home near Los Angeles.


Frank expected to be interviewed as a witness. But when the FBI's Cheryl Moores approached him outside the hospital room, she explained that an interview was not on her agenda.


“I'm a part of the FBI that helps people through this,” she said, as Frank recalls it.



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Cheryl Moores, an FBI victim specialist, is part of a little-known division in the FBI whose members deploy in the wake of mass casualty events to help in any and every way they can. NBC News

Moores, an FBI victim specialist, is part of a little-known division in the FBI whose members deploy in the wake of mass casualty events like the ones last weekend in El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio. While FBI agents in their familiar blue vests do the painstaking work of criminal investigation, members of the Victims Services Division, as it’s called, fan out to help those immediately affected by the incident — in any and every way they can.



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Kavika
1  seeder  Kavika     2 weeks ago

I'm imagine that not many people are aware of this FBI unit.

 
 
 
Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom
1.1  Sister Mary Agnes Ample Bottom  replied to  Kavika @1    2 weeks ago

I had no idea something like this existed within the FBI.  Although I hate that there is a need for such a unit, it's nice to know they are there.  

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2  sandy-2021492    2 weeks ago

I had no idea that this unit existed.  What a wonderful help to people going through what most of us could never imagine.

It seems that Ms. Moores isn't the only person who had a high opinion of the Bignamis.  Warning: Grab some Kleenex.

 
 
 
Kavika
2.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @2    2 weeks ago

A thousand thumbs up.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
2.1.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @2.1    2 weeks ago

They seem like great people.

 
 
 
Paula Bartholomew
2.1.2  Paula Bartholomew  replied to  sandy-2021492 @2.1.1    2 weeks ago

It takes a very special group of people to do what they do.  Kudos to them all and the job they do.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
3  dave-2693993    2 weeks ago

Very informative article Kavika and thank you for the video Sandy.

I certainly had no idea such a division existed within the FBI.

I wonder if smaller scale organizations exist in local communities and we are just not aware of them?

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
3.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  dave-2693993 @3    2 weeks ago

I imagine that in many localities, such duties would fall to social services, if they're government-funded at all.  In larger cities, they might be, but I doubt they exist in most small towns.

 
 
 
dave-2693993
3.1.1  dave-2693993  replied to  sandy-2021492 @3.1    2 weeks ago

That makes sense, especially for the small towns and their limited resources.

Many may not be aware of what social services may have to offer, I am certainly not.

In times like this, I imagine many would not seek out help for either social services or other local agencies. Such folks could very easily be overcome.

This is where neighbors looking out for neighbors could play a key role in alerting any local agencies of fellow neighbors in need.

 
 
 
Kavika
4  seeder  Kavika     2 weeks ago

It would seem that the members of this unit have to be a bit special...They see the aftermath of these horrific instances and how they affect the victim, family and friends. 

A salute to all of them.

 
 
 
sandy-2021492
4.1  sandy-2021492  replied to  Kavika @4    2 weeks ago

I can't imagine what they take home with them at night.  I hope they also are getting adequate emotional support.

 
 
 
Kavika
4.1.1  seeder  Kavika   replied to  sandy-2021492 @4.1    2 weeks ago
I hope they also are getting adequate emotional support.

I do as well. 

 
 
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