When foreign governments stalk, intimidate, or assault people in the United States, it is considered transnational repression. You can get help to stop it.
Some countries’ governments harass and intimidate their own citizens living in the U.S. These governments may also target naturalized or U.S.-born citizens who have family overseas or other foreign connections. This violates U.S. law and individual rights and freedoms.
Transnational repression may take the following forms:
- Attempted kidnapping
- Forcing or coercing the victim to return to the country of origin
- Threatening or detaining family members in the country of origin
- Freezing financial assets
- Online disinformation campaigns
Governments use transnational repression tactics to silence the voices of their citizens (or non-citizens connected to the country), get information from them, or coerce them to return to the country of origin.
If you are in the U.S., including a U.S. territory, your freedom of speech is protected, regardless of your citizenship.
View the FBI Threat Intimidation Guide, which provides additional information about types of threats and what to do if you've been threatened, in English and other languages.
- Contact the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov.
- Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
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