Why Join an Identity Theft Coalition?
By becoming a member of a coalition, your agency or organization has the opportunity to help make a positive impact on victim services available in your own community by better addressing the rights and needs of victims of identity theft and cyber-crime. These coalitions are compiled of members who are dedicated to enhancing and growing victim service capabilities through collaboration, training, and outreach within their own organization, coalition, and nationwide.
How to Become a Member of an Existing Coalition
To have your agency or organization become a member of an existing coalition, contact the leader organization of the coalition to verify their membership criteria and process. Before contacting a current coalition, it’s important to think about and research what has been done on this issue before and what is (or is not) happening currently in your community or region. Understanding the history and landscape of the issue in your area – before you contact potential partners – is key. This will allow you to know what disparities exist with current victim services, and will give you a better idea of the resources and support you need to enhance your ability to address these issues.
Here is a current listing of active coalitions:
Finger Lakes Elder Abuse and Identity Theft Coalition
Region Served: Monroe County (Rochester, NY) and surrounding counties
Lead Organization: Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Coalition Description: The Finger Lakes Elder Abuse and Identity Theft Coalition, convened by Lifespan of Greater Rochester, brings together aging service, law enforcement, protective service, criminal justice and other stakeholders to share information and coordinate resources around elder abuse and fraud, scams and ID theft prevention in a seven county area in the Finger Lakes region of western New York State. The coalition also adequate funding and for legislation and policy changes that impact services for older adults at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation.
Contact Person: Paul Caccamise: Vice President for Program, Lifespan of Greater Rochester
Phone: (585) 244-8400 x115
Identity Theft Advocacy Network (ITAN) of Colorado; Colorado Identity Theft Victim Assistance Program
Region Served: State of Colorado
Lead Organization: Colorado Bureau of Investigation
Coalition Description: The Colorado ID Theft Victim Assistance Program, also known as the Identity Theft Advocacy Network of Colorado was established with the goal of providing coordinated comprehensive services and support for victims of Identity Theft and Fraud living in or victimized in the state of Colorado. A secondary goal of the coalition is to provide training resources for law enforcement and other professionals to ensure a well-educated, quality response in cases of ID theft and fraud; and to provide community educational programs regarding ID theft, fraud and prevention options to reduce the risk of victimization and/or re-victimization. This coalition provides support for crime victims, criminal justice/law enforcement agencies, victim assistance organizations, medical professionals, foster care specialists and many other related professions. Our 24 Hour Hotline is used by crime victims and professionals to gain support, services, referrals and advice.
Contact Person: Hazel Heckers: Victim Assistance and Training Coordinator, Colorado Bureau of Investigation: Identity Theft, Fraud & Cybercrimes Investigations Unit
Phone: (303) 239-4649
24 Hour ID Theft & Fraud Hotline: 1-855-443-3489 (toll free)
South Carolina Identity Theft Network
Region Served: State of South Carolina
Lead Organization: South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
Coalition Description: The South Carolina Identity Theft Network was created to help expand and improve the outreach and capacity of victim service programs to better address the rights and needs of victims of identity theft in South Carolina. The mission of the network is to develop a “one stop shop” to offer specific and expert assistance in working with identity theft victims. The South Carolina Identity Theft Network is coordinated by the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN). Since 1984, the South Carolina Victim Assistance Network (SCVAN) has provided coordination for representatives of all agencies involved in victim/witness services through its collaboration, publicity, advocacy, and victim assistance functions.
Contact Person: Shannon P. Geary: Program Manager, Crime Victim Information and Referral, South Carolina Victim Assistance Network
Phone: (803) 750-120 x2797
Cybercrime Support Network of West Michigan
Region Served: West Michigan (5 counties)
Lead Organization: Cybercrime Support Network
Coalition Description: The Cybercrime Support Network is a public-private partnership created to foster collaboration, provide training and create resources within the law enforcement and consumer protection ecosystem to ensure cybercrime victims are supported by federal, state and local resources in a coordinated manner. As more and more Americans fall victim to cybercrimes on a variety of levels from stolen passwords to cyberstalking, they are utilizing 911 dispatch in increasing numbers as the first call when looking for support. This resource needs to be reserved for emergencies, and local law enforcement dispatchers are often sending victims away without support. CSN will train 211 operators to triage calls from victims and refer to law enforcement non-emergency numbers when appropriate. Then, train the community to call 211 as a first step. CSN will work to create on national data base for cybercrime reporting to ensure accurate numbers reflect the true impact.
Contact Person: Kristin Judge: CEO/President
Phone: (734) 646-2088
Minnesota Identity Theft & Cybercrime Information & Resource Network (MITCIRN)
Region Served: State of Minnesota
Lead Organization: MN Alliance on Crime (MAC)
Coalition Description: The Minnesota Identity Theft & Cybercrime Information & Resource Network (MITCIRN) brings together partners from community advocacy organizations, victim/witness programs, law enforcement, government agencies, and other organizations/agencies across the state who are dedicated to improved access to supportive services for victims of identity theft and cybercrime. MITCIRN meets quarterly to discuss emerging research, engage in training opportunities, share resources, and advance statewide efforts to combat identity theft and support victims through targeted committee work.
Contact Person: Julia Tindell: Program Coordinator, MN Alliance on Crime
Phone: (612) 940-8090 ext. 103
Michigan Older Adults Identity Theft Victims Coalition
Region Served: State of Michigan
Lead Organization: Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council
Coalition Description: The Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council (MIEJCC), a program of Elder Law of Michigan, brings together over forty community based elder abuse prevention groups throughout the State of Michigan. These groups comprise of diverse community partners including law enforcement, protective services, civil legal services, and human services. The MIEJCC will be partnering with the Michigan Attorney General Office, the Prosecuting Attorneys Association of Michigan, and the Michigan Elder Justice Initiative to support community partners in educating and supporting older victims of identity theft.
Contact Person: Ron Tatro: Director, Michigan Elder Justice Coordinating Council
Phone: (517) 853-2399
The National Cybersecurity Society
Region Served: United States and its territories
Lead Organization: The National Cybersecurity Society
Coalition Description: The National Cybersecurity Society (NCSS) is committed to improving the online safety and security of the small business community through education, awareness and advocacy. The organization’s goal is to enable and empower small and medium businesses to obtain cybersecurity services; assist them in understanding their cyber risk and advise on the type of protection needed. The coalition educates organizations on business identity theft, and provides access to resources in the event a business becomes a victim of identity theft. The coalition has a 24/7 online “Ask-an-Expert” service whereby crime victims can request technical assistance. The coalition provides educational materials on the types of business identity theft; ways businesses can protect themselves from business identity theft; and steps to take after theft occurs.
Contact Person: Mary Ellen Seale: NCSS
Phone: (703) 340-7757
24/7 Ask-an-Expert: https://www.nationalcybersecuritysociety.org/tools#expert-anchor
Iowa Identity Theft Victim Assistance Coalition
Region Served: State of Iowa
Lead Organization: Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance
Coalition Description: The Iowa Identity Theft Victim Assistance Coalition was created to establish a network of Iowa public and private entities who, in part, serve victims of identity theft. The goal of the network is to help these entities work together to share best practices, communicate as needed to deal with issues as they arise, discuss needed law changes to benefit victims, and receive training to ensure Iowa victims receive the best possible advice and service. The Iowa Identity Theft Victim Assistance Coalition is coordinated by the Iowa Organization for Victim Assistance (“IOVA”). Since 1983, IOVA has worked to educate Iowans regarding victim rights issues. IOVA comprises victims of crime, witnesses, victim advocates, concerned citizens and related agencies and organizations and presents annual awards to persons who have contributed outstanding service to victims,
Contact Person 1: Bill Brauch: Director, Iowa Identity Theft Victim Assistance Coalition.
Phone: (515) 314-9591
Contact Person 2: Karl Schilling: President, Iowa Identity Organization for Victim Assistance.
Phone: (515) 256-3866
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
Massachusetts Elder Identity Theft Coalition
Region Served: Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Lead Organization: Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Coalition Description: The Massachusetts Elder Identity Theft Coalition Program Coordinator will bring non-profit organizations, state agencies, and local law enforcement together to create an Elder Identity theft Coalition focused on serving elder victims of identity theft. The Coalition has three primary goals: (1) to train Advocates to assist elders who have been victims of identity theft, including detailed trainings related to helping victims create an identity theft recovery plan; (2) to educate elders to be proactive in protecting their identity, particularly when family members have access to their personal information; and (3) to raise awareness among businesses that are sometimes used unwittingly in the perpetration of identity theft to help prevent it.
Contact Person: Janice Fahey: Legal Analyst and Lead of the Vulnerable Populations Team and Data Security Team, Consumer Advocacy and Response Division, Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office
Phone: (774) 214-4411