The Office of Military Commissions (OMC) Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP)
The Office of Military Commissions (OMC) Victim/Witness Assistance Program (VWAP) is a Directorate under the Office of the Chief Prosecutor of Military Commissions. VWAP is committed to making military commissions accessible to victims and their family members, and to providing logistical support for witnesses participating in military commissions.
Victims and family members of victims (VFM) are:
- Spouses, children, parents, grandparents or siblings of victims who were killed or injured as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001; the USS COLE; and victims of any case prosecuted by a military commission.
- Persons who were injured as a result of the attacks on September 11, 2001; the USS COLE; and victims of any case prosecuted by a military commission.
MSCG, Inc. in collaboration with OMC/VWAP provides administrative and mental health support to VFMs at the following five locations; Fort Devens, MA, Fort Hamilton, NY, Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst, NJ, and Fort Meade, MD, and the U.S. Naval Station Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. A sixth site is located at the Naval Station Norfolk for the VFMs of the attack on the USS Cole.
Military commission proceedings are held only in Guantanamo Bay and the proceedings are viewed live through CCTV at the U.S. bases mentioned above. All witnesses involved in the commissions must go to Guantanamo Bay to testify. MSCG works closely with OMC/VWAP to ensure that witnesses can participate in proceedings safely and in a manner that protects their privacy.