California has established the Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program. Survivors of state-sponsored sterilization can apply for compensation through CalVCB in January 2022. Please check back for more details.

Victims of Mass Violence Events

The principal role of CalVCB in mass violence events is to facilitate short-term and long-term financial recovery for crime victims and support the local efforts of victim advocates and victim assistance networks that serve as the primary responders.

Family members of those killed and injured during the San Jose VTA railyard attack on Wednesday, May 26, 2021, along with those who witnessed the mass shooting, may qualify for compensation through CalVCB.

San Jose victim hotline: 408-209-8356

Victims of the Gilroy Garlic Festival can apply for compensation until July 28, 2026.

Family Assistance Center to Help Gilroy Shooting Victims:

The Victim Services Unit of the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office, the American Red Cross and the County’s Behavioral Health Services opened a Family Assistance Center 408-209-8356 to assist those affected.

Services Provided:

  • Grief counseling
  • Emotional support
  • Assistance filing claims for state funds for payment of medical bills, counseling bills and other assistance for victims and their families
  • Referrals to agencies and providers for medical, counseling, and other services

Para obtener más información sobre las víctimas y los recursos, por favor llame El Centro de Asistencia para Familias al (408) 209-8356.

Victims of the 2018 Camp Fire in Butte County may be eligible to file for reimbursement of certain expenses due to the criminal indictment of the Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) for causing the 2018 Camp Fire. Camp Fire victims have until November 25, 2025, to apply for compensation.

Eligible Victims

Eligible victims include those who were physically present during the fire, injured or threatened with injury, or suffered the death of a loved one as a direct result of the fire.

By law, CalVCB is a payor of last resort, which means victims are compensated by CalVCB for covered expenses that have not been and will not be compensated from any other source. Therefore, a victim is first required to exhaust payments from other public or private sources prior to seeking compensation from CalVCB.

CalVCB cannot pay any expenses sustained while a person is incarcerated, on parole, on probation, or on post-release community supervision for a violent felony as defined in subdivision (c) of Section 667.5 of the Penal Code or required to register as a sex offender pursuant to Section 290 of the Penal Code.

PG&E Settlement

On January 29, 2019, PG&E filed a Chapter 11 case in Bankruptcy Court. As part of that case, PG&E established a $13.5 billion trust known as the “Fire Victim Trust” to compensate victims of the 2018 Camp Fire and certain other wildfires.

Victims can apply for:

  • Medical expenses
  • Mental health counseling
  • Income loss directly related to the 2018 Camp Fire
  • Support loss for close family members of, and who were legally dependent on, a victim who died or was physically injured in the fire
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Relocation expenses
  • Crime scene cleanup (maximum of $1,000)
  • Residential security (limitations apply)

Expenses or services not eligible for reimbursement:

  • Property loss
  • Pain and suffering

Victims and their family members affected by the shooting at the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, may qualify for compensation through CalVCB. The deadline to apply is November 7, 2025.

Resource:

  • Ventura County Family Assistance Center 805-465-6650.
  • VictimConnect 855-4-VICTIM (855-484-2846), 8:30 am – 7:30 pm ET
  • Chat: http://victimconnect.org/get-help/victimconnect-chat, 9:30 am – 6:30 pm ET
  • The Disaster Distress Helpline 800-985-5990 (for Spanish, press 2)
  • SMS: text ‘TalkWithUs’, or for Spanish, text ‘Hablanos’, to 66746

CalVCB is, by law, the payor of last resort; that means we pay after sources, such as health insurance, have been used.

CalVCB will not consider funds from charitable contributions as a reimbursement source.

Recovery from a civil suit, worker’s compensation, the perpetrator’s estate, or an insurance claim filed related to the attack will be considered for eventual reimbursement to CalVCB. It is important for you to let us know if you have received any such settlements, if you have filed a civil suit or insurance claim, or if you plan to file a civil suit or an insurance claim.

California residents who were victims of the Route 91 Harvest Festival Shooting in Las Vegas on October 1, 2017, can apply for compensation through CalVCB. The deadline to apply is October 1, 2024.

CalVCB is, by law, the payor of last resort; that means we usually pay after sources, such as health insurance, have been used.

CalVCB will not consider funds from charitable contributions, including the Las Vegas Victims’ Fund, as reimbursement source.

CalVCB will consider eventual reimbursement from recovery from a civil suit, worker’s compensation, the perpetrator’s estate, or an insurance claim filed related to the attack. It is important for victims to inform CalVCB of any such settlements, including civil suit or insurance claim filings or plans.

If you have filed an application with CalVCB and have filed such a suit or claim, email Route91HarvestFestival@victims.ca.gov.

The application process has been streamlined for this incident. The form includes information for both California and Nevada.

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