The Surprising Help the U.S. Embassy Offers When You’re Traveling Abroad

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    When you’re traveling, the last thing you want to worry about is what to do if you’re robbed, have to navigate the legal system, or if you need medical care. You probably know you should contact the closest U.S. Embassy if something serious happens, but they can help with a lot of other things, too.

    No matter how much you prepare for everything that could go wrong on your trip, you may still need help when it comes to dealing with local authorities, finding an English-speaking lawyer, or even getting adequate medical care. Here are some services an U.S. embassy or consulate can offer you that you may not know about:

    • Replace a stolen passport
    • Contact family, friends, or employers
    • 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
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