Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad by Non-Natural Causes

Topic/focus: Vital Events
Year(s): 2002 - present
Source: U.S. Department of State
Study and sample characteristics: Records from United States Consulate Offices
Universe: Reported deaths of U.S. citizens abroad
Variables: 4 Variables (Country, Date of Death, City of Death, Cause of Death)
Access: Publically available
Cost: Free
Key web links: Death of U.S. Citizens Abroad by Non-Natural Causes
Primary Institutional Contact: Injury Research Center (

Summary: Sec. 204(c) of P.L. 107-228, the Foreign Relations Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2003, mandates that, to the maximum extent practicable, the Department of State collect and make available on the Department's Bureau of Consular Affairs Internet website certain information with respect to each United States citizen who dies in a foreign country from a non-natural cause. The information required is: (1) the date of death; (2) the locality where the death occurred; and (3) the cause of death, including, if the death resulted from an act of terrorism, a statement disclosing that fact. Whenever possible, a more specific cause of death is provided (e.g. Drowning-Ocean, instead of Drowning. The information on the website must be listed on a country-by-country basis, and must cover deaths occurring since the date of enactment of the legislation on September 30, 2002, or occurring during the preceding three calendar years, whichever period is shorter. The information is updated every six months.