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.

Third-Round Payments **UPDATED**

The USVSST Fund has begun issuing third-round payments.

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

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

The third-round payments will be the only payments the USVSST Fund authorizes or makes in 2020. The USVSST Fund will not authorize fourth-round payments by January 1, 2021.

After distributing the amount allocated for the third round, the amount of funds remaining in the USVSST Fund and available for distribution will be insufficient to authorize another round of payments by January 1, 2021, the next potential authorization date under the statutory schedule. The USVSST Fund is continuing to work diligently to identify matters that qualify for deposit. The USVSST Fund will continue to accumulate deposits and will make future distributions when there are sufficient funds.

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 2030. Although the USVSST Fund cannot set the deadline for the fourth-round payments at this time, in general, the statute requires claimants to submit applications not later than 90 days after the date of obtaining a final judgment.

Last Updated on October 22, 2020