In honor of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week, Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division Kenneth A. Blanco announced today that the Criminal Division has made payments totaling more than $800 million from the U.S. Victims of State Sponsored Terrorism Fund (the Fund) to compensate thousands of U.S. victims of international acts of terrorism by state sponsors of terrorism. These individuals, many of whom have been waiting years for compensation, include the Iran hostages held from 1979 to 1981 and their spouses and children, and victims of the embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania, the attack on the U.S.S. Cole, and other international terrorist incidents. The more than $800 million in payments have been issued to victims, their family members and survivors. The Fund will continue making payments in the coming weeks that will bring the total to over $1 billion.


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