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.

DOJ/OVT also administers the Criminal Justice Participation Assistance Fund (CJPAF). The purpose of CJPAF is to assist, when possible, American victims of overseas terrorism with financial support to participate in foreign criminal justice proceedings related to terrorist attacks. CJPAF availability is decided on a case by case basis, and is contingent upon both the security situation and relevant laws regarding victims’ participation in the legal system of each foreign country.

Updated August 4, 2017

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