The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144, later amended by the Clarification Act, provides for the establishment and administration of the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (“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; (3) 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 who did not have an eligible claim before November 21, 2019; or (4) are the personal representative of a deceased individual in those categories.

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.

Applications for Third-Round Payments

Congress established a February 19, 2020 deadline in the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Clarification Act for U.S. persons to submit applications for third-round payments. This Clarification Act deadline has now passed. Applications received after February 19, 2020 will be considered for future payment rounds, the timing of which will depend on the availability of funds. In general, the deadline for submitting an application is no later than 90 days after the date of obtaining a final judgment.

Eligibility, Claim Amount, and Payment Amount Letters

The USVSST Fund authorized third-round payments by the May 19, 2020 deadline set in the Clarification Act. Claimants who received eligibility letters that did not indicate their eligible claim amounts will receive an additional letter later indicating their eligible claim amounts. The USVSST Fund did not issue eligibility letters to claimants who already received them in prior rounds. All eligible claimants will receive a separate letter specifying their payment amount sometime after May 19, 2020. The USVSST Fund will update this website when the USVSST Fund begins issuing third-round payments on a rolling basis.

The USVSST Fund must have received any updates regarding compensatory damage amounts by the May 19, 2020 deadline for consideration in third-round payments. 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.

Claim Statistics Total
Number of eligible claimants from the initial and second round of distributions eligible for future distributions 5,123*
Number of new claims submitted by the February 19, 2020 deadline for consideration for the Special Master’s authorization of third-round payments 8,445

The total amount available for third-round payments remains $1,075,000,000. The USVSST Fund’s updated Payment Calculation Explanation will be posted in the coming months.

Further information regarding claims statistics, including the number of claims submitted by non-9/11 and 9/11-related victims, cannot be provided until the USVSST Fund completes processing applications and prepares a report to Congress, as required by the USVSST Fund’s governing statute. The USVSST Fund will post the Congressional Report on this website.

*See Congressional Report regarding Second Distribution

Last Updated on May 28, 2020