If you are the victim of a crime in a foreign country, it can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, our Special Consular Services Sections are ready to help. We are very concerned about violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens in Spain and Andorra. We will help you in managing the practical consequences of being a crime victim, and provide you with information about contacting the local criminal justice system, as well as other resources for crime victims abroad and in the United States. Our offices can help you in finding appropriate medical care, contacting family or friends on your behalf, and explaining how funds can be transferred. We can also help you to better understand the criminal justice system in Spain and Andorra, which is very different from the system in the United States.
Furthermore, our Special Consular Services Sections can:
- Help you in replacing a lost/stolen passport
- Help you in finding appropriate medical care if you are injured
- Help you in finding shelter, food or clothing
- Provide a list of English-speaking attorneys
- Provide information about crime victim assistance resources in your state of residence if you are returning to the U.S.
Consular officials cannot, however, investigate crimes, provide legal advice or represent you in court, serve as official interpreters or translators, or pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.