The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. We help in two ways:
When a U.S. citizen is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional or financial injuries. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings, and may not know the local language or customs. Consular officers, consular agents, and local employees at overseas posts know local government agencies and resources in the country where they work.
We can help:
Some U.S. cities and communities offer programs to help residents who are victims of overseas crime, including:
All U.S. states provide victim compensation programs, however only some states offer benefits to residents who are victims of violent crime overseas. Most compensation programs require the victim to file a report at the time of the incident, and to provide a copy with the application. Programs include financial assistance to pay for:
Information about each state’s compensation program and how to apply for benefits is available from the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.
NOTE: The agencies and organizations listed on this international directory have not been vetted by the U.S. Department of State or other federal agency.
DISCLAIMER: The U.S. Department of State assumes no responsibility for the professional ability or integrity of the organizations whose names appear below. This referral does not constitute an endorsement or recommendation of the U.S. Department of State.
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