When foreign governments stalk, intimidate, or assault people in the United States, it is considered transnational repression. It is illegal, and 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 home country
- Threatening or detaining family members in the home country
- 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 home.
If you are in the U.S., including a U.S. territory, your freedom of speech is protected, regardless of your citizenship.
How to Report
- Contact the FBI online at tips.fbi.gov.
- Reach out to your local FBI field office.
- Call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324).
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12.14.2022 People's Republic of China Citizen Arrested for Stalking
10.24.2022 Two Arrested and 13 Charged in Three Separate Cases for Alleged Participation in Malign Schemes in the United States on Behalf of the Government of the People’s Republic of China
07.07.2022 Five Men Indicted for Crimes Related to Transnational Repression Scheme to Silence Critics of the People’s Republic of China Residing in the United States
05.18.2022 U.S. Citizen and Four Chinese Intelligence Officers Charged with Spying on Prominent Dissidents, Human Rights Leaders, and Pro-Democracy Activists
03.30.2022 Man Charged with Transnational Repression Campaign While Acting as an Illegal Agent of the Chinese Government in the United States
03.21.2022 U.S. State Department Statement Regarding Transnational Repression
03.16.2022 Five Individuals Charged Variously with Stalking, Harassing and Spying on U.S. Residents on Behalf of the PRC Secret Police
07.22.2021 Nine Individuals Charged in Superseding Indictment with Conspiring to Act as Illegal Agents of the People’s Republic of China
07.13.2021 Iranian Intelligence Officials Indicted on Kidnapping Conspiracy Charges
12.18.2020 China-Based Executive at U.S. Telecommunications Company Charged with Disrupting Video Meetings Commemorating Tiananmen Square Massacre
10.28.2020 Eight Individuals Charged with Conspiring to Act as Illegal Agents of the People’s Republic of China
09.21.2020 New York City Police Department Officer Charged With Acting as an Illegal Agent of the People’s Republic of China
01.15.2020 Two Individuals Sentenced in Connection with Work on Behalf of Iran