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Terrorism and International Victim
Assistance Services Division

The Terrorism and International Victims Services Division (TIVASD) is responsible for developing programs and initiatives regarding assistance to victims of terrorism and to victims of crimes involving transnational dimensions, such as victimization of tourists, the international trafficking of adults and children for sexual or worker exploitation, and international child abduction victims. The threat of terrorism against Americans, both in the United States and abroad, has increased in recent years. New types of weapons of mass destruction, such as chemical and biological agents, pose significant challenges for those charged with responding to victims of terrorist attacks. TIVASD staff are responsible for coordinating OVC resources and funding for victims of terrorism and for developing the International Terrorism Victims Compensation Program. OVC recognizes that as countries and their citizens become more interconnected through tourism, Internet usage, and international trade, issues of violent crime and victimization increasingly become an international concern and focus. TIVASD strives to improve awareness of and responsiveness to the needs of terrorism victims and individuals who are victimized outside the borders of their own country, and to further promote crime victim issues into international discussions related to crime. The Terrorism and International Victims Assistance Services Division—

  • Administers OVC's Antiterrorism and Emergency Assistance Program.
    Informational Brochure
    Application Guidelines (intended for eligible applicants and Government employees only)
  • Provides information, benefits, and services to U.S. nationals and Federal Government employees who are victims of terrorism abroad. Victims are given assistance in accessing services, traveling to participate in trials and briefings, and obtaining information on the criminal justice process.

  • Identifies appropriate resources and coordinates OVC funding for victims of terrorism, from crisis response stages through post-trial proceedings. OVC Responds to the Victims of Terrorist Attacks Against America on September 11, 2001.

  • Administers a compensation program for U.S. nationals and Federal Government employees who are victims of terrorism outside the United States.

  • Coordinates the development of federal protocols to ensure a more effective and timely response to victims of crime and terrorism in the future.

  • Works closely with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Attorneys' Offices, the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Issues (formerly INS now Border and Transportation Security at the Dept. of Homeland Security), the National Transportation Safety Board, the Bureau of Consular Affairs within the U.S. Department of State, the Center for Mental Health Services, and other federal agencies on issues related to victims of terrorism and transnational crimes.

  • Maintains the 2004 International Crime Victim Compensation Program Resource Directory to help link victims who may be far from home with the resources they need and deserve in the aftermath of a crime.

  • Develops informational materials for victims of terrorism and transnational crimes.

  • Develops training and educational materials for victims services, mental health, law enforcement, and emergency responders on effective response to victims of terrorism and transnational crimes.

  • Helps fund efforts to find and regain children abducted and taken across international borders in partnership with the International Centre for Missing and Exploited Children (ICMEC). OVC assists parents with inadequate resources in traveling abroad and accompanying their children back to the United States.

  • Serves as OVC's liaison to the United Nations Crime Commission and other international bodies.

  • Provides technical assistance and briefings to visitors from around the world who are interested in victim assistance efforts in the United States.

More detailed information is available in the TIVASD fact sheet.

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This document was last updated on August 19, 2004