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  1. How can I report a crime to the police or other government agencies?
  2. What can I do about stopping a child abuse situation?

  3. How can I complain about improper or illegal actions done by police (police misconduct)?

  4. Question: How can I report an immigration-related crime?

  5. Question: What can I do if the police or other government workers/officials don't act on my information?


  1. How can I report a crime to the police or other government agencies?
  2. Fairness.com does not have the capability to investigate crimes or other instances of wrongdoing (or to give much advice about how to report them).

    We can, however, pass on a general suggestion to help you get started. The first step is to figure out which governmental agency (local, state, or federal) would be involved in investigating crimes of that sort. You can find this out by either:

    • using Google or other search engine to look for information on that kind of crime (e.g. a search on "tax evasion" should yield the name of the Internal Revenue Service (IRS).
    • contacting your local police department and explain the general nature of the criminal act (without giving them your name or anyone else's name); they can probably refer you to the appropriate agency.
  3. What can I do about stopping a child abuse situation?

  4. Fairness.com LLC has no direct knowledge of the following organizations, but one or more of them can hopefully provide a starting point for getting you help (we welcome suggestions from someone knowledgeable in this field about what information resources or suggestions we might provide):

    1. Child Abuse Prevention Foundation
    2. National Domestic Violence Hotline
    3. Kempe
    4. Child Welfare League of America
    5. ChildAbuse.com (appears to be a for profit company)
    6. Tennyson Center for Children at Colorado Christian Home and the National Benevolent Association (NBA)
  5. How can I complain about improper or illegal actions done by police (police misconduct)?

  6. Your initial step should generally be to report the crime to the police department's Internal Affairs bureau.

    If you've done that already and aren't satisfied, here are some other organizations you might want to contact:

  7. Question: How can I report an immigration-related crime?

  8. Answer: Immigration-related crimes and issues are handled by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS), now an agency within the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

    Though there are regional offices in many US cities, I was told that all reports of criminal activity should be made by telephone (they don't accept letters, emails, or faxes!) to the following number: 800-DHS-2-ICE. The person I spoke with at that number did not have another number for callers outside the United States.

  9. Question: What can I do if the police or other government workers/officials don't act on my information?

  10. Answer: Try contacting some journalists; if it's an important case and you have solid information they may take your project on for investigative reporting.

    [Be aware though that they receive many more requests than they can handle, so keep your initial inquiry very short, very focused on the basic facts, and be very clear about the reliability and extent of the back-up information/evidence you have.]

    Newspapers tend to do more investigative reporting than radio or TV stations, so local newspapers (including alternative weekly papers!) are often the first call to make. Another option (e.g. if the story is national-caliber and/or you feel personally in danger) is to contact an out-of-area investigative reporting organization such as: