Iraq Hostage Claims

If you are an American citizen by birth or became an American citizen at any time prior to August 1990, and if you were physically present in Iraq and/or Kuwait during some or all of the period between August 2, 1990 and December 15, 1990, you may be entitled to compensation. Find out more about the program that authorizes such compensation and obtain a free legal consultation by contacting Dan by email or by phone at 202-842-2170.

In September 2010, the United States and Iraq entered into a Claims Settlement Agreement (“the Settlement”) that resolved all of the personal injury claims of American citizens who had suffered human rights abuses at the hands of the Saddam regime, including the claims of all American citizens who had been taken hostage following the Iraqi invasion of Kuwait on August 2, 1990.

Since the Settlement entered into force on May 22, 2011, over 200 former hostages who had previously filed lawsuits against Iraq (virtually all of whom were represented by the Law Office of Daniel Wolf) have filed claims and received awards ranging from $180,000 to over $800,000.

In October of 2014, the U.S. Government announced the opening up of the claims process to American citizens who were victims of Saddam’s hostage-taking policy, but who had not previously filed a lawsuit against Iraq.

The claims have all been referred to an agency within the Department of Justice called the Foreign Claims Settlement Commission. According to the criteria announced by the Commission, in order to be eligible for compensation under this program, a claimant must establish that her or she was:

  1. a U.S. citizen both at the time of the hostage-taking incident and at the time the Settlement entered into force;
  2. taken hostage (including by being unlawfully prohibited from leaving Iraq and/or Kuwait after Iraq invaded that country on August 2, 1990) by Iraq in violation of international law prior to October 7, 2004;
  3. not pursuing a claim against Iraq in a U.S. court at the time the Settlement entered into force and has not received compensation pursuant to the Settlement.