WELCOME TO THE U.S. VICTIMS OF STATE SPONSORED TERRORISM FUND WEBSITE
The Attorney General appointed Mr. Kenneth R. Feinberg as the Special Master to administer the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the “Fund”). The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 42 U.S.C. § 10609, provides for the establishment and administration of the Fund to provide compensation to certain U.S. persons who were injured in acts of international state sponsored terrorism.
The 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; or (3) are the personal representative of a deceased individual in either of those two categories.
Mr. Feinberg has significant experience in designing and administering compensation funds. He was appointed by the Attorney General in November 2001 as the first special master for the 9/11 Victim Compensation Fund. In addition, Mr. Feinberg has served as a special master or claims administrator in a variety of contexts, including for the multi-billion dollar claims process arising from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
Victims and their family members can be assured that their claims will be processed promptly, fairly, and transparently. This website will be updated as further information becomes available about the Fund.
Applicants with judgments obtained before July 14, 2016 and Iran hostages and their spouses and children must have filed applications by October 12, 2016. Applicants with judgments obtained on or after July 14, 2016 must file within 90 days of obtaining the final judgment.
Because of the statutory requirement that the Special Master authorize initial payments by December 19, 2016, claimants must have submitted applications on or before December 1, 2016 in order to receive an initial payment in early 2017. This allowed the Fund the necessary time to review the nearly 2,900 submitted applications, identify any deficiencies, and allow claimants time to cure the deficiencies, in time to meet the statutory deadline for authorizing initial payments. Eligible claimants who file after December 1, 2016, will not receive payments in early 2017, but may receive payments when the Fund makes future distributions.
The Special Master calculated payment amounts for eligible claimants after completing the necessary adjustments for those claimants who requested hearings and other statutory requirements. Claimants authorized to receive initial payments were notified of their award payment amounts on February 10, 2017.