Department of Justice National Security Division

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Additional NSD Resources:


Criminal Justice          Participation Assistance Fund (CJPAF)

Counterterrorism Section:
The Counterterrorism Section (CTS) is within the National Security Division (NSD) of the Department of Justice.  CTS seeks to assist, through investigation and prosecution, in preventing and disrupting acts of terrorism anywhere in the world that impact United States interests and persons. CTS’s responsibilities include investigating and prosecuting domestic and international terrorism cases, as well as matters involving torture, genocide, and war crimes that are linked to terrorists groups and individuals

Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism:
The Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (DOJ/OVT) provides support to U.S. victims of overseas terrorism by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world.

We advocate for U.S. victims and their families to obtain information, be present during foreign terrorism prosecutions, and have a voice during the proceedings, as permitted by foreign law. We further provide policy advocacy on overseas terrorism victims’ issues both within the U.S. Government and throughout the world.

Our office consists of attorneys and staff with expertise in crime victims’ rights, victim advocacy, prosecution and national security, who can assist victims in understanding foreign criminal justice systems and participating in those systems to the extent permitted by foreign law. The office also has an active internship program where law students are offered an opportunity to gain experience working on crime victim issues and can receive academic credit.



Updated June 28, 2019

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