Announcement from the Interim Special Master

The United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act (“Clarification Act”) was enacted on November 21, 2019. The Interim Special Master and USVSST Fund are reviewing the Clarification Act. This website will be updated with additional information.

The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144 provides for the establishment and administration of the USVSST Fund to provide compensation to certain U.S. persons who were injured in acts of international state sponsored terrorism.

The USVSST Fund may compensate eligible United States persons who (1) hold a final judgment issued by a United States district court awarding the applicant compensatory damages arising from acts of international terrorism for which a foreign state sponsor of terrorism was found not immune from the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act; (2) were taken and held hostage from the United States Embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the period beginning November 4, 1979, and ending January 20, 1981, or are spouses and children of these hostages, if identified as a member of the proposed class in case number 1:00-CV-03110 (EGS) of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia; or (3) are the personal representative of a deceased individual in either of those two categories.

The Attorney General appointed Mr. Kenneth R. Feinberg on May 17, 2016 as the Special Master to administer the USVSST Fund. Deborah L. Connor, Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice was named as the interim Special Master on March 8, 2019. Victims and their family members can be assured that their claims will be processed promptly, fairly, and transparently. This website is updated as further information becomes available about the USVSST Fund.

The USVSST Fund is still accepting applications. Claimants with judgments obtained on or after July 14, 2016 must submit applications within 90 days of obtaining the final judgment. Claimants must have submitted applications on or before September 13, 2019 in order to be considered for third-round payments. All claimants must update claim information, as necessary. See Notice to Update Claim Information.

Claim Statistics Total
Number of eligible claimants from the initial and second round of distributions eligible for future distributions 5,123*
Number of claims submitted between September 15, 2018 and September 13, 2019 for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of third-round payments 5,197
The Interim Special Master is pleased to announce that the total amount available for third-round payments is $1,075,000,000. The USVSST Fund’s updated Payment Calculation Explanation will be posted in the coming months.

*See Congressional Report regarding Second Distribution

Last Updated on November 21, 2019