Commission Meetings and Hearings
THE COMMISSION’S NEXT PUBLIC MEETING TO BE HELD DECEMBER 13, 2018
The Commission will hold its next open meeting on December 13, 2018, at 11:00 am. During this meeting the Commission expects to consider the following claims:
Issuance of Proposed Decisions in 7 claims against Iraq:
IRQ-II-131, IRQ-II-144, IRQ-II-346, IRQ-II-351, IRQ-II-365, IRQ-II-396, and IRQ-II-397.
Issuance of Proposed Decisions in 97 claims under the Commission’s Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Program:
GUAM-2205, GUAM-2253, GUAM-2258, GUAM-2283, GUAM-2292, GUAM-2310, GUAM-2313, GUAM-2319, GUAM-2329, GUAM-2342, GUAM-2346, GUAM-2371, GUAM-2379, GUAM-2383, GUAM-2388, GUAM-2392, GUAM-2350, GUAM-2398, GUAM-2407, GUAM-2420, GUAM-2427, GUAM-2432, GUAM-2439, GUAM-2446, GUAM-2452, GUAM-2458, GUAM-2470, GUAM-2484, GUAM-2494, GUAM-2498, GUAM-2513, GUAM-0584, GUAM-0588, GUAM-0661, GUAM-0678, GUAM-0685, GUAM-0700, GUAM-0734, GUAM-0744, GUAM-0750, GUAM-0782, GUAM-0793, GUAM-0802, GUAM-0819, GUAM-1695, GUAM-1703, GUAM-1711, GUAM-1716, GUAM-1720, GUAM-1723, GUAM-1730, GUAM-1747, GUAM-1751, GUAM-1765, GUAM-1785, GUAM-1791, GUAM-1794, GUAM-1800, GUAM-1812, GUAM-1830, GUAM-1835, GUAM-1840, GUAM-1848, GUAM-1851, GUAM-1857, GUAM-1859, GUAM-1864, GUAM-1866, GUAM-1890, GUAM-1895, GUAM-1899, GUAM-1927, GUAM-1939, GUAM-1952, GUAM-1975, GUAM-1979, GUAM-1993, GUAM-2001, GUAM-2008, GUAM-2026, GUAM-2054, GUAM-2064, GUAM-2069, GUAM-2094, GUAM-2097, GUAM-2133, GUAM-2137, GUAM-2142, GUAM-2146, GUAM-2153, GUAM-2160, GUAM-2191, GUAM-2523, GUAM-2528, GUAM-2535, GUAM-2540, GUAM-2545.
This meeting will be held at the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 601 D Street, NW, Washington, DC. Requests for information, or advance notices of intention to observe an open meeting, may be directed to: Patricia M. Hall, Foreign Claims Settlement Commission, 601 D Street, NW, Suite 10300, Washington, DC 20579. Telephone: (202) 616-6975.
Guam Claims Program
On December 23, 2016, President Obama signed into law the Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, Title XVII, Public Law 114-328, which authorizes the Commission to conduct a supplemental war claims compensation program for victims and survivors of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II and the liberation of Guam by United States military forces. The Act, the relevant portions of which are provided below, covers claims for death, rape, personal injury, severe personal injury, forced labor, forced march, internment, and hiding to evade internment.
Guam World War II Loyalty Recognition Act, Title XVII, Public Law 114-328 (December 23, 2016)
SEC. 1704. PAYMENTS FOR GUAM WORLD WAR II CLAIMS.
(a) PAYMENTS FOR DEATH, PERSONAL INJURY, FORCED LABOR, FORCED MARCH, AND INTERNMENT.—After the Secretary of the Treasury receives the certification from the Chairman of the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission as required under section 1705(b)(8), the Secretary of the Treasury shall make payments, subject to the availably of appropriations, to compensable Guam victims and survivors of a compensable Guam decedents as follows:
(1) COMPENSABLE GUAM VICTIM.—Before making any payments under paragraph (2), the Secretary shall make payments to compensable Guam victims as follows:
(A) In the case of a victim who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(A), $15,000.
(B) In the case of a victim who is not described in subparagraph (A), but who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(B), $12,000.
(C) In the case of a victim who is not described in subparagraph (A) or (B), but who has suffered an injury described in subsection (c)(2)(C), $10,000.
(2) SURVIVORS OF COMPENSABLE GUAM DECEDENTS.—In the case of a compensable Guam decedent, the Secretary shall pay $25,000 for distribution to survivors (parent, spouse, child) of the decedent living as of the date of the enactment of this Act (December 23, 2016), in accordance with subsection (b). The Secretary shall make payments under this paragraph only after all payments are made under paragraph (1).
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(c) DEFINITIONS.—For purposes of this title:
(1) COMPENSABLE GUAM DECEDENT.—The term ‘‘compensable Guam decedent’’ means an individual determined under section 1705 to have been a resident of Guam who died as a result of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, or incident to the liberation of Guam by United States military forces, and whose death would have been compensable under the Guam Meritorious Claims Act of 1945 (Public Law 79–224) if a timely claim had been filed under the terms of such Act.
(2) COMPENSABLE GUAM VICTIM.—The term ‘‘compensable Guam victim’’ means an individual who is not deceased as of the date of the enactment of this Act (December 23, 2016) and who is determined under section 1705 to have suffered, as a result of the attack and occupation of Guam by Imperial Japanese military forces during World War II, or incident to the liberation of Guam by United States military forces, any of the following:
(A) Rape or severe personal injury (such as loss of a limb, dismemberment, or paralysis).
(B) Forced labor or a personal injury not under subparagraph (such as disfigurement, scarring, or burns).
(C) Forced march, internment, or hiding to evade internment.
Regulations: The Commission has published regulations detailing the procedures for the Commission's adjudication of claims under this program. You may access those regulations at 45 C.F.R. § 510.