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Terrorism & Mass Violence

International Terrorism


If you or a family member has been a victim of an act of terrorism or mass violence occurring outside the United States, visit our Help for Victims site.

The following federal programs provide funding and assistance to victims in the aftermath of a terrorism event outside the United States.

International Terrorism Victim Expense Reimbursement Program (ITVERP)

ITVERP, funded by the Antiterrorism Emergency Reserve and administered by OVC, provides financial reimbursement for qualifying expenses such as medical, mental health, property loss, and funeral expenses. Learn about eligibility, what expenses are covered, and how to apply by visiting the ITVERP website.

Office of Overseas Citizens Services

The Office of Overseas Citizens Services, Bureau of Consular Affairs, U.S. Department of State, assists American citizens who become victims of crime while traveling, working, or residing abroad. Victims of a terrorist attack occurring outside the United States who is in need of emergency assistance, or with a family member, can call the Office of Overseas Citizens Services at 888-407-4747, from the United States or Canada, or 202-501-4444, from abroad.

Crime Victim Assistance Emergency Fund for Victims of Terrorism or Mass Violence

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is uniquely suited to provide emergency assistance to victims of international terrorism because of its international scope and extensive experience in responding to thousands of victims of terrorism and mass violence. Visit the FBI’s Victim Services Division web page for more information about the Federal and Special Jurisdictions Program.

Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism (DOJ/OVT)

The mission of the Office of Justice for Victims of Overseas Terrorism, National Security Division, U.S. Department of Justice is to support U.S. victims of terrorism overseas by helping them navigate foreign criminal justice systems and by advocating for their voices to be heard around the world. They 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. They further provide policy advocacy on overseas terrorism victims’ issues both within the U.S. Government and throughout the world.

More information on the office, responsibilities, and assistance to victims can be found on the DOJ/OVT website and Resources page.

State Victim Compensation Programs

All states receive federal funds from OVC to support local victim assistance and victim compensation programs. In the aftermath of an act of terrorism or mass violence occurring outside the United States, some states offer U.S. citizens crime victim compensation benefits for lost wages incurred as a result of the crime.

Victim compensation benefits are governed by the applicable state statutes, so eligibility may vary among states. Contact the victim compensation program in your state for more information about eligibility and the application process so you can refer victims to them. For information about your state’s victim compensation program, visit OVC's Help in Your State page

Date Created: April 19, 2020