Announcement from the USVSST Fund

Two recent events have affected the USVSST Fund’s operations. First, on February 29th, Epiq, the USVSST Fund’s claims administrator, confirmed that it had suffered a ransomware attack. Epiq has found no evidence that any client data has been accessed, misused, or extracted. See Epiq’s Statement and FAQs. Access to the USVSST Fund systems was restored on March 20, 2020. Second, the global pandemic and required responses have affected operations. Despite the outage, and continuing pandemic-related actions, the USVSST Fund anticipates meeting the statutory deadline to authorize third-round payments (see below).

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.

The USVSST Fund will authorize third-round payments by the May 19, 2020 deadline set in the Clarification Act. 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.

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 8,431

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

All claimants have a continuing obligation to update claim information. See Notice to Update Claim Information

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 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.

Last Updated on March 24, 2020