(a) In General. - At the request of an appropriate law
enforcement official of a State or political subdivision, the
Attorney General and Director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation may assist in the investigation of a felony crime of
violence in violation of the law of any State in which the victim
appears to have been selected because he or she is a traveler.
(b) Foreign Travelers. - In a case in which the traveler who is a
victim of a crime described in subsection (a) is from a foreign
nation, the Attorney General and Director of the Federal Bureau of
Investigation, and, when appropriate, the Secretary of State shall
assist the prosecuting and law enforcement officials of a State or
political subdivision to the fullest extent possible in securing
from abroad such evidence or other information as may be needed for
the effective investigation and prosecution of the crime.
(c) Definitions. - In this section -
(1) "felony crime of violence" means an offense punishable by
more than one year in prison that has as an element the use,
attempted use, or threatened use of physical force against the
person of another.
(2) "State" means a State, the District of Columbia, and any
commonwealth, territory, or possession of the United States.
(3) "traveler" means a victim of a crime of violence who is not
a resident of the State in which the crime of violence occurred.