Victims of Crime

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Being the victim of a crime in a foreign country can be a devastating and traumatic experience. While no one can undo the emotional trauma, physical injury, or financial loss you may have experienced, Consular personnel can give you information about dealing with the immediate practical consequences of the crime as well as information about the criminal justice system in Poland. You may wish to read more about the criminal justice process in Poland (PDF 331Kb) and contact the Embassy directly if you any questions or concerns.

If you have questions involving interpretation of specific Polish laws, you may wish to consult our list of attorneys.

We cannot:

  • State to a court that anyone is guilty or innocent
  • Provide legal advice or represent U.S. citizens in court overseas
  • Serve as official interpreters or translators
  • Pay legal, medical, or other fees for U.S. citizens overseas

Reporting Death, Arrest, Illness, Injury or Missing U.S. Citizen

For Warsaw, use our U.S. Citizens Services Navigator to receive instructions for contacting us.

For Krakow, email with as much of the following information as possible:

  • Full name of the U.S. citizen
  • Date of birth of the U.S. citizen
  • Passport number of the U.S. citizen
  • Location of the U.S. citizen
  • Indicate: Death, Arrest, Illness, Injury, or Missing U.S. citizen
  • Name and contact information of the next of kin of the U.S. citizen
  • Your full name and contact phone number
  • Any further information that you find important