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Rewards for Justice (RFJ) is the U.S. Department of State’s premier national security rewards program. It was established by the 1984 Act to Combat International Terrorism, Public Law 98-533 (codified at 22 U.S.C. § 2708) and is administered by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security. The mission of RFJ is to offer rewards for information that protects American lives and furthers U.S. national security objectives.

Since 1984, Congress has expanded the RFJ’s statutory authorities to offer rewards for information in the following categories:

Terrorism

For information that:

  • Leads to the arrest or conviction of anyone who plans, commits, aids, or attempts international terrorist acts against U.S. persons or property in the United States or abroad;
  • Prevents such acts from occurring in the first place;
  • Identifies or locates a key terrorist leader;
  • Disrupts the financial mechanisms of foreign terrorist organizations. This includes the disruption of kidnapping networks and kidnapping events that financially support such organizations.

Foreign Interference in U.S. Elections

For information that:

  • Leads to the identification or location of any foreign person who knowingly engaged or is engaging in U.S. election interference, including activity that violates federal criminal, voting rights, or campaign finance law, or such activity that is performed by any person acting as an agent of or on behalf of, or in coordination with, a foreign government or criminal enterprise;
  • Leads to the prevention, frustration, or favorable resolution of an act of foreign interference in U.S. elections.

Malicious Cyber Activity

For information that:

  • Identifies or locates any individual who, while acting at the direction or under the control of a foreign government, aids or abets a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. This includes foreign election interference.

North Korea

For information that:

  • Disrupts the financial mechanisms of persons or entities engaged in certain activities supporting the North Korean regime;
  • Identifies or locates any individual who, while acting at the direction or under the control of the North Korean government, aids or abets a violation of the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act (“CFAA”), 18 U.S.C. § 1030. This includes cyber-attacks and intrusions on U.S. government systems.

Learn more about Rewards for Justice .

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