"Since the events of September 11, 2001, there has been extensive interest in public and private efforts to assist victims of terrorist attacks. The CVF, [Crime Victims Fund] consists of monies collected from criminal fines, forfeited bail bonds, penalty fees, and special assessments collected by the Offices of the U.S. Attorneys, the U.S. Courts, and the Bureau of Prisons. [...] There are several issues that arise as Congress provides aid for the victims of the terrorist attacks. First, with assistance being provided as quickly as possible from state and federal programs, as well as from numerous charitable sources, there are some concerns about duplication of services and awards, and whether victims are being treated equitably. [...] Additionally, the question has been raised whether victims of other terrorist attacks have been treated fairly; e.g., should the victims of the Kenya and Tanzania embassy bombings or victims of future attacks receive the same compensation as the victims of the September 11 attack?"
CRS Report for Congress, RL31295