The Attorney General has appointed Mr. Kenneth R. Feinberg as the Special Master to administer the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the “Fund”) as authorized by Division O, section 404 of the 2016 Consolidated Appropriations Act (P.L.114-113) (2015), codified at 42 U.S.C. § 10609. That section, the Justice for United States Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Act (the “Act”), provides for the establishment and administration of the Fund to provide compensation to certain U.S. persons who were injured in acts of 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; or (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.
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.
The Special Master is now accepting applications for compensation from the Fund. On July 14, 2016, the Special Master published a notice in the Federal Register regarding the eligibility requirements and procedures for the submission and consideration of applications to the Fund. Claims based on eligibility for those persons with final judgments dated before July 14, 2016 and those who qualify as an Iran hostage, or spouse or child thereof, must have been filed by October 12, 2016. Claims based on eligibility for those persons who obtain final judgments on or after July 14, 2016 must be filed within 90 days of the date of obtaining those judgments.
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: