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Fourth Distribution Announcement

Special Master Mary Patrice Brown is pleased to announce that she will authorize fourth‑round payments for all eligible claims by January 1, 2023.

The deadline for new claimants to submit applications to be considered for fourth‑round payments is August 1, 2022.

The USVSST Fund anticipates that the amount available for the fourth distribution will be roughly $85 million. The USVSST Fund continues to collect qualifying deposits.

Claimants who were eligible for payments in prior rounds remain eligible for the fourth distribution and do not need to complete new applications.


The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144, as amended, 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. Mary Patrice Brown serves as the Special Master of the USVSST Fund.

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. The USVSST Fund updates this website as further information becomes available.

Third‑Round Payments

As of July 2022, the USVSST Fund has issued third‑round payments to roughly 99 percent of eligible claimants.

The USVSST Fund has notified claimants who must submit additional documentation or information for their third‑round payments to be processed. The USVSST Fund will continue to process eligible claims and issue third‑round payments on a rolling basis.

Note: The USVSST Fund recently issued a notice regarding updates to USVSST Fund estate claim processing. The remaining third-round payments will be processed in accordance with this update.

Reminders to Claimants

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.


Last Updated on July 29, 2022.