The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. We support victims overseas and in the United States.
If you are the victim of a crime overseas
Consular Assistance to U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime
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.
How We Can Help:
Some U.S. cities and communities offer programs to help residents who are victims of overseas crime, including:
While all U.S. states provide victim compensation programs, only some states may offer benefits to residents who are victims of violent crime overseas.
Information about each state’s compensation program and how to apply for benefits is available from the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.
Families and Friends of Murder Victims:
Victims and Families of Drunk Driving Crashes:
General Victim Assistance: