Crime in foreign places can be much more difficult to handle than a crime in the U.S. The traveler may be unfamiliar with the language, location, or culture around them and, unfortunately, many people target tourists knowing that they are financial stable, and out of their comfort zone.   

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If you become a crime victim while traveling overseas, immediately contact the nearest U.S. Embassy or Consulate.  Consular officers are available 24/7 for emergency assistance.  

The U.S. Embassy can do many things for crime victims.  They can replace a stolen passport, contact family and friends, and locate medical help.  They can also help with explaining the local criminal justice process and obtain information about your case.  The embassy can help obtain local and U.S. information on victim compensation and assist you in finding a suitable lawyer.  

Although the embassy can be extremely helpful, they have limitations. They cannot investigate crimes, or provide legal advice, or represent you in court. They also cannot pay for your medical expenses and cannot translate or interpret for you.  

After reporting the incident to the embassy, you may also need to contact the local police to report the crime and to get additional assistance.

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