Information for U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico
U.S. citizen victims of crime in Mexico may contact us for assistance.
Steps to Take
If you are a victim of a crime in Mexico, here is a general overview of the process of filing a police report and seeking judicial assistance:
- File a police report by calling emergency services (911) or by going to a local police station. The police will ask you to provide information about the crime, such as when and where it happened, what happened, and who was involved.
- Obtain a copy of the police report. Once you have filed a police report, you should obtain a copy of it for your records. The police will provide you with a copy of the report, which you can use to file a claim with your insurance company or to seek other forms of compensation.
- Seek medical attention. If you have been injured as a result of the crime, it’s important to seek medical attention as soon as possible. You can go to a local hospital or clinic, or you can call emergency services (911) for assistance.
- Contact a lawyer. If you are seeking judicial assistance, it’s important to consult with a lawyer who is familiar with the criminal justice system in Mexico. A lawyer can provide you with legal advice and representation, and can help you navigate the complex process of seeking justice.
- Mexico’s Executive Commission for Victim Assistance: This website provides information on the Commission’s mission, programs and services, as well as information on victims’ rights and the resources available to them. It also includes information on how to file a complaint or request for assistance from the Commission.
- U.S. National Association of Crime Victim Compensation Board: Whether or not you decide to pursue your case through the Mexican judicial system, you may access victim compensation and assistance resources in the United States. Nearly half of U.S. state crime victims’ compensation programs cover certain out-of-pocket expenses such as medical, funeral, counseling, and lost wages for eligible residents of the state who become victims of crime outside the United States. The specific requirements and services vary from state to state.