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Assisting U.S. Citizens Victimized Abroad

The purpose of this project is to develop a handbook and/or training program for state and local victim service providers who encounter U.S. citizens who have been victimized abroad or lost a loved one to homicide or other crimes abroad and have returned to the United States. The handbook may include information on types of crime, obstacles victims face in foreign countries, the role of OVC and the U.S. Department of State in providing assistance, and other available resources. The goal of the project is to give victim service providers in the United States the tools to help victims access foreign criminal justice systems, compensation programs, and so forth.

Update 10/06/06: OVC announces the availability of the International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP), which is intended to reimburse victims for allowable expenses, retroactive to December 21, 1988, incurred as a result of acts of terrorism occurring outside the United States. Further details are provided under Resources for International Victims.

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