If you or someone you know becomes a victim of crime in the Dutch Caribbean, contact the local police immediately. Dial 911 for police assistance. Do not rely on hotels, restaurants, or tour companies to make a police report for you.
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. Consulate General in Curacao is ready to help. 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. We can help you to better understand the criminal justice system in the Dutch Caribbean, which is very different from the system in the United States.
The State Department is committed to assisting U.S. citizens who become victims of crime while abroad. We help in two ways:
- Overseas: consular officers, and staff work with crime victims and help them with the local police and medical systems.
- In the United States: our office of Overseas Citizens Services will stay in touch with family members in the United States, and help provide U.S.-based resources for the victim when possible
If you are the victim of a crime overseas:
- Contact the local police by dialing 911 to report the incident and get immediate help. Request a copy of the police report.
- Contact the U.S. Consulate General in Curacao (contact information)
Consular Assistance to U.S. Crime Victims:
When a U.S. citizen is the victim of a crime overseas, he or she may suffer from physical, emotional, or financial injuries. It can be more difficult because the victim may be in unfamiliar surroundings and may not know the local language or customs. Consular officers, and local employees at overseas posts know local government agencies and resources in the country where they work.
We can help:
- Replace a stolen passport
- Contact family, friends, or employers
- Assist to obtain appropriate medical care
- Address emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime
- Explain the local criminal justice process
- Obtain information about your case
- Connect you to local and U.S.-based resources to assist victims of crime
- Obtain information about any local and U.S. victim compensation programs available
- Provide a list of local lawyers who speak English
- Investigate crimes
- Provide legal advice or represent you in court
- Serve as official interpreters or translators
- Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you
Resources and Information for Crime Victims upon Return to the United States:
Some U.S. cities and communities offer programs to help residents who are victims of overseas crime, including:
- Sexual assault and rape crisis counseling programs
- Shelter and counseling programs for battered women
- Support groups and bereavement counseling for family members and friends of murder victims
- Diagnostic and treatment programs for child abuse victims
- Assistance for victims of drunk driving crashes
All U.S. states provide victim compensation programs, however only some states offer benefits to residents who are victims of violent crime overseas. Most compensation programs require the victim to file a report at the time of the incident, and to provide a copy with the application. Programs include financial assistance to pay for:
- Medical costs, including counseling
- Funeral or burial expenses
- Lost income or loss of support
- Expenses related to the repatriation of remains
Information about each state’s compensation program and how to apply for benefits is available from the National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Boards.