Arrest of a U.S. Citizen

When in Peru, U.S. citizens are subject to the jurisdiction of Peruvian law for offenses committed in country.

When a U.S. citizen is arrested in Peru, Peruvian authorities notify the U.S. Embassy.  After receiving notification, a Consular Officer will communicate with and where possible visit any U.S. citizen arrested in Peru to:

  • Ascertain the arrestee’s physical well-being and conditions of arrest.
  • Provide information on the Embassy’s role and legal procedures, including a list of attorneys (PDF 725 KB).
  • Inform the individual about Privacy Act restrictions, and notify family or friends.

For more information on what the Department of State, Embassies and Consulates can do for U.S. citizens arrested abroad, please visit the U.S. Department of State – Bureau of Consular Affairs website.