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Announcement from the Interim Special Master

The United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act (“Clarification Act”) was enacted on November 21, 2019.

The Clarification Act requires the Special Master to authorize third-round payments to eligible claimants by May 19, 2020. Accordingly, the Special Master will not authorize third-round payments on January 1, 2020.

February 19, 2020 is the deadline under the Clarification Act for the following U.S. persons to submit applications for third-round payments:

  • Eligible claimants with a final judgment entered after September 13, 2019. Applications from these claimants must be submitted no later than 90 days after the date of obtaining the final judgment or February 19, 2020, whichever comes first, in order to be considered for the third-round distribution. See FAQ 1.9.
  • 9/11 victims, 9/11 spouses, or 9/11 dependents with final judgments entered before November 21, 2019, who did not previously submit an application to the USVSST Fund. See FAQs 1.9, 4.1, 4.2, 4.6, 4.7, 4.8.
  • Hostages taken from the United States embassy in Tehran, Iran, during the period beginning November 4, 1979, and ending January 20, 1981, who did not have an eligible claim before November 21, 2019. See FAQs 1.9, 2.12, 2.13, 2.14, 4.3.

Note: The following U.S. persons should NOT resubmit their applications to be considered for third-round payments (See FAQ 4.4):

  • Eligible claimants who already received a payment from the USVSST Fund.
  • 9/11 related claimants who submitted applications to the USVSST Fund before November 21, 2019 and were subject to the statutory provisions prior to the Clarification Act.
  • Any claimants who submitted new applications by the September 13, 2019 deadline set prior to the enactment of the Clarification Act.

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) was 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.

The Attorney General appointed Mr. Kenneth R. Feinberg on May 17, 2016 as the Special Master to administer the USVSST Fund. Deborah L. Connor, Chief of the Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section, Criminal Division, U.S. Department of Justice was named as the interim Special Master on March 8, 2019. 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.

The Interim Special Master is pleased to announce that the total amount available for third-round payments is $1,075,000,000. The USVSST Fund’s updated Payment Calculation Explanation will be posted in the coming months.

*See Congressional Report regarding Second Distribution


Last Updated on December 6, 2019