National Security Division Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

National Security Division Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism

Click to visit the OVT Memorial Gallery

** This memorial album commemorates overseas terror attacks that resulted in U.S. citizen victims. OVT welcomes additional submissions of memorial pictures for display as part of this online album. If you have a picture you would like us to consider, please submit your picture as an attachment to OVT’s email at nsd.ovt@usdoj.gov. **

Meet the Director

Meet the Director

Heather Cartwright
Director of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT)

Welcome to the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism’s new and improved webpage. We hope that this webpage is informative and helpful to U.S. citizen victims of terrorist attacks that occur in foreign countries and others who are interested in the work of this office.

About OVT

The Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (OVT) was established by the Attorney General on May 6, 2005. Congress directed the establishment of the OVT in the Department of Justice Appropriations Act in December, 2004. See also the accompanying Conference Report, H.R. 4818 to that Act.

OVT's primary responsibilities to U.S. citizen overseas terrorism victims are:

  • To work to ensure that where Americans are injured or killed in terrorist attacks overseas, investigation and prosecution remain a high priority within the Department of Justice.
  • To monitor the investigation and prosecution of terrorist attacks against Americans abroad in both foreign and the United States criminal justice systems.
  • To work to ensure that the rights of victims and their families are honored and respected throughout the criminal justice system.

OVT consists of a Director (who is also an attorney) and a small staff. Our office also has an active internship program where we offer law students an opportunity to gain both academic credit and experience.

OVT Brochure