Being the victim of a crime in a foreign country can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, the U.S. Embassy in Bogota is ready to help.
What we can do:
· Help you replace a lost/stolen passport.
· Help you find appropriate medical care if you are injured.
· Assist you with emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime, such as finding shelter, food, or clothing.
· Help you contact your family, friends, or employer.
· Explain how and where you can report the crime to local law enforcement officials.
· Provide you with general information about the criminal justice process in Colombia.
· Provide you with information about resources for crime victims in Colombia.
· Provide you with a list of attorneys practicing in Colombia and identify those who speak English.
· Provide you with information about crime victim assistance resources in your state of residence, if you are returning to the United States.
What we cannot do:
· Provide legal advice or represent you in court.
· Pay legal fees or other expenses for you.
· Request preferential treatment for U.S. citizens during legal proceedings in Colombia
The information included in this guide related to the legal requirements in Colombia is provided for general purposes only. The information may not be accurate or relevant to a particular case. Questions involving interpretation of Colombian laws should be addressed to legal counsel licensed to practice law in Colombia. The investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities. Upon the request of the Colombian government, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) may assist local authorities in certain cases of kidnapping, hostage-taking, and terrorism.
For more information, access the Help for U.S. Citizen Victims of Crime Overseas page at the State Department website.