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Resource Guide for Serving U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad
Publication Date:  April 2008
Victim Services: An International Outlook
Responding to Victimization Abroad
Coordinating Victim Services
If the Victim Remains Abroad
If the Victim Returns to the United States
International Terrorism
Crime Victim Compensation
Checklists for Assisting U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad


Assisting U.S. citizens who have been victimized abroad calls for a thorough understanding of the unique challenges they are likely to encounter, comprehensive knowledge of available resources, and systematic advance planning. As victim service providers plan and implement innovative approaches for responding to the needs of U.S. citizens who are victims of crimes overseas, effective case management will be increasingly important to pinpointing the most significant services and ensuring that victims have access to them.

The checklists that accompany this guide provide a structured way to ensure that victim service providers cover key issues in assessing and responding to the needs of U.S. citizens victimized abroad. At the same time, the structure is flexible enough to allow customization of services for individual circumstances and requirements.