WELCOME TO THE U.S. VICTIMS OF STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM FUND WEBSITE

The U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (“USVSST Fund”) is pleased to announce that the Attorney General appointed Mary Patrice Brown as the Special Master. Ms. Brown’s distinguished career includes decades with the U.S. Department of Justice, where she rose to Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division before leaving for private practice.

The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144, as amended by the Clarification Act and the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, 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

  • 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;
  • 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, and certain of their spouses and children; or
  • are the personal representative of a deceased individual in those categories.

In general, the Act requires claimants to submit applications not later than 90 days after the date of obtaining a qualifying final judgment.

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.

Third-Round Payments

The USVSST Fund continues to issue third-round payments on a rolling basis and to process eligible claims for payment.

Claimants must meet all USVSST Fund requirements to receive their allocated payment amounts. This includes curing outstanding deficiencies, if any. This website provides additional information in the Direct Deposit and Payment FAQs and the general FAQs, including FAQ 4.25. There is no guarantee that eligible claimants will receive the full allocated amount, or that additional payments will be issued immediately.


All claimants have a continuing obligation to update claim information, including informing the USVSST Fund of any compensation from any source other than this Fund not previously disclosed, as well as significant developments involving the final judgment or other facts affecting eligibility. See Notice to Update Claim Information.

Future Payment Rounds

ANNOUNCEMENT

The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021, enacted on December 27, 2020, extended the term of the USVSST Fund from 2030 to 2039.


The USVSST Fund is continuing to work diligently to identify matters that qualify for deposit and will continue to accumulate deposits. When sufficient funds are available, the Special Master will be able to authorize the next round of payments by January 1, in 2022 or in subsequent years, until the USVSST Fund sunsets in 2039. The USVSST Fund cannot set the timeline for the fourth-round payments at this time.


Last Updated on June 16, 2021