Terrorism and International Victims Unit   [open pdf - 444KB]

With use of the Internet, increased international tourism, and overseas job opportunities, issues of violent crime and mass victimization have become a major concern for agencies serving victims in the United States and abroad. In response to these emerging issues, the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) created the Terrorism and International Victims Unit (TIVU). TIVU is responsible for developing programs and initiatives to help victims of terrorism, mass violence, and crimes that have transnational dimensions, such as trafficking of women and children and international child abduction. TIVU coordinates OVC resources and funding for victims of terrorism and transnational crimes and administers a new compensation program for victims of international terrorism. TIVU provides the following services to victims of crime: information and benefits to U.S. nationals and Federal Government employees who are victims of terrorism abroad. Victims are given assistance in accessing services, which may include traveling to trials and briefings, and obtaining information on the criminal justice process. Programs and Initiatives TIVU is involved in a number of programs and initiatives with other federal agencies and nonprofit organizations to enhance the assistance provided to victims of terrorism, mass violence, and international crimes.

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