Under the declared government policy of promoting and protecting the rights and well-being of all overseas Filipinos, it is the Consulate’s responsibility to protect the right and interests of all distressed Filipinos under its jurisdiction (ex. detained or arrested) within the parameters allowed by the United States Government in the intervention of its official proceedings.
The Assistance to Nationals (ATN) section of the Philippine Consulate General attends to cases involving Filipinos in distress. Actions taken by the ATN Section include, but are not limited to:
- Assistance in facilitating repatriation to the Philippines
- Assistance in human trafficking cases
- Monitoring of cases in court
- Assistance in the Shipment of Remains
- Assistance in criminal cases
- Assistance in locating whereabouts of missing Filipino nationals
- Prison visitation
- Provision of legal advice
- Mediation/ conciliation
The ATN Section is also in charge of taking note of consular notifications sent by U.S. authorities involving detained or arrested Filipino nationals. The Consulate calls the police or detention facility to check on the Filipino national and determine the case involved.
The ATN Section also coordinates with non-government organizations and government agencies involving laws and policies affecting labor, human trafficking, anti-discrimination, among others.
The ATN Section is available from Mondays to Fridays, 9:00am to 6:00pm through telephone number 213-637-3024. For urgent concerns, Filipinos in distress may call the mobile ATN number at 1-213-587-0758 or hotline number 1-213-268-9990. You can also send an email to [email protected]