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Victims of Crime

Please click on this link to read the Department of State’s brochure for victims of crime.

Being the victim of a crime in a foreign land 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 American Institute in Taiwan (AIT) is ready to help.  We care about violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens in Taiwan.

If you are a victim of crime in Taiwan

Your safety is important.  Try and move to the safer place and contact the local police to report the incident and get immediate help.  Questions involving interpretation of Taiwan laws should be addressed to legal counsel licensed to practice law in Taiwan.  The investigation and prosecution of the crime is solely the responsibility of local authorities.

We can help:

  • Replace a stolen passport
  • Contact family, friends, or employers
  • Obtain appropriate medical care
  • Address emergency needs that arise as a result of the crime
  • 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

We cannot:

  • Explain the local criminal justice process
  • Investigate crimes
  • Provide legal advice or represent you in court
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other fees for you.