The Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), 34 U.S.C. § 20144, later amended by the United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund Clarification Act (“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
The USVSST Fund is still accepting applications. In general, claimants must submit applications not later than 90 days after the date of obtaining the final judgment. 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.
Victims and their family members can be assured that their claims will be processed promptly, fairly, and transparently. Updates and additional information can be found at: http://www.usvsst.com.