Victims of Crime

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, the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo is ready to help.

We are very concerned about violent crimes committed against U.S. citizens in Uruguay. We will assist you in managing the practical consequences of being a crime victim and provide you with information about accessing the local criminal justice system, as well as other resources for crime victims abroad and the United States. This office can assist you to find appropriate medical care, contact family or friends on your behalf and explain how funds can be transferred.

Reporting Crimes

A crime should be reported to the police as soon as possible. A police report, known as a denuncia, may be filed at the police precinct in which the crime occurred. Be sure to receive a copy of the report before departing. If you have difficulties filing your police report, please contact the U.S. Embassy immediately. If you have questions about where the report should be filed please contact the U.S. Embassy.


A criminal investigation can be a long process, sometimes lasting many months, depending on the circumstances. Unfortunately, many investigations never result in the arrest of a suspect.

While the crime is being investigated a victim may be called upon to provide forensic evidence such as fingerprints, photographs, and other evidence.

The Embassy encourages victims of crime to hire a private attorney to assist with the process. Information on attorneys is provided here.

Please visit the U.S. Citizen Services Navigator for more information or email contact.