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Coping After Terrorism for Injured Survivors

Coping After Terrorism for Survivors

Assistance for Overseas Terrorism Victims

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) investigates terrorist attacks against US citizens in the US and abroad.  The Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence Divisions of the FBI work with domestic and foreign partners to neutralize terrorist cells and operatives here in the US, to help dismantle extremist networks worldwide, and to cut off financing and other forms of support provided by terrorist sympathizers.

Legal Attaché Offices:
The FBI operates in over 65 countries and its mission is to lead FBI global operations to identify and eliminate threats to the US.  Through Legal Attaché offices, or Legats, FBI personnel work with host country agencies to jointly investigate crimes affecting US citizens and interests.

Office for Victim Assistance:
The Office for Victim Assistance (OVA) is responsible for ensuring that victims of crimes investigated by the FBI receive the information, assistance and support services to which they are entitled under law and that will help victims and their families cope with the impact of terrorism and other crimes.  The Terrorism and Special Jurisdiction Unit (TSJU) within OVA provides crisis intervention and other emergency assistance to victims and families of victims injured, murdered, or taken hostage in terrorist attacks within the U.S. and outside the U.S.  The OVA administers emergency victim assistance funds to assist with emergency travel, repatriation of victims’ remains, medically assisted transport, and other exigent needs of victims and their families.  The TSJU is responsible for making sure that victims of terrorism receive case status updates, employer and creditor assistance, safe and sensitive return of personal effects, and information on and assistance with accessing counseling and other support services.  The FBI’s responsibility to inform and assist victims lasts throughout the duration of the investigation. The OVA can be reached toll free at 866-828-5320 or at victim.assistance@ic.fbi.gov.

Updated October 19, 2016