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Arrest and Detention Abroad

Travelers are expected to obey all of the laws of the countries they visit, and those who break these laws sometimes face severe penalties, including jail sentences.

First steps

If you get into legal trouble, you (or a companion) should immediately contact your program director, trip leader or on-site staff (if applicable) or call the Northwestern University Police's 24/7 assistance line at (847) 491-3456.

A consular officer at the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate abroad should also be notified.

Available services

It is important to understand what services consular officers and embassy personnel can provide.

A U.S. Consular Officer can

A U.S. Consular Officer cannot

U.S. embassy personnel can

Read more about Arrest or Detention Abroad on the U.S. Department of State’s website.