S. 2132: Promoting Security and Justice for Victims of Terrorism Act of 2019

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Date of Report

Tue November 12th, 2019

Legislation Details

116th Congress

A bill to promote security and provide justice for United States victims of international terrorism.

Sponsor: Sen. James Lankford — R — OK

Changes the criteria for establishing jurisdiction over terrorist entities if the defendant in a case is the Palestinian Authority (PA), the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), or any organization or entity that represents Palestine in connection with official business of the United Nations. Under current law, U.S. citizens who are victims of international terrorism can sue in a U.S. district court to obtain compensatory and punitive damages from those who commit, aid, or abet terrorist activity. Terrorist entities, organizations, or foreign states that support terrorism are subject to the jurisdiction of federal courts if they meet certain conditions, including accepting assistance from the United States or maintaining an office or establishment within the United States.

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