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International Issues in Victim Assistance

Victim issues transcend many borders, cultures, and legal systems. Not only is the United States visited by millions of foreign nationals each year, but citizens of the United States travel and live all over the world. Crime does not limit itself to the borders of a particular country. This chapter addresses a number of international crime victim issues that have become increasingly important as our societies have become more global and mobile. Issues such as tourist victimization, crime victim compensation, international terrorism, and commercial exploitation of women and children are just a few of the complex issues in international victim assistance. This chapter also discusses some of the efforts that are being undertaken by the United Nations and other organizations at the international level to address these issues.

Learning objectives include:

  • The background and history of the victims' movement at the international level.
  • The content and significance of the United National Declaration of Basic Principles of Justice for Victims of Crime and Abuse of Power.
  • The major international organizations working to address crime victims' issues.
  • Emerging issues in providing services to US citizens victimized abroad.
  • Types of international crime victims and victim advocacy response.
  • New developments in meeting the needs of foreign citizens victimized in the United states.