Important Notice from the Special Master

Claimants authorized to receive initial payments were notified of the amount of their award payments on February 10, 2017. The U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the “USVSST Fund”) began issuing payments to eligible claimants on March 10, 2017 on a rolling basis. As of May 5, 2017, the USVSST Fund has issued over $1 billion in payments to eligible claimants. The USVSST Fund will authorize the second round of payments on January 1, 2019 for eligible claimants, including those who submitted applications after December 1, 2016.

The Attorney General appointed Mr. Kenneth R. Feinberg as the Special Master to administer the USVSST Fund. The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144 (formerly codified as 42 U.S.C. § 10609), 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; 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 September 11th 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 USVSST Fund.