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NC considering 281 eugenics victims, maybe more as deadline looms

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RALEIGH, N.C. -

A North Carolina government office looking into compensation for the victims of eugenics – forced sterilization – has forwarded 281 claims to the Industrial Commission to evaluate, according to a news release.

Last year, the General Assembly set aside $10 million to compensate victims with one-time payments. The final amount paid to each victim will depend on the number of verified claims.

The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims had received 442 claims as of May 1. Of those, 281 were sent to the Industrial Commission to evaluate for compensation.

The Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims doesn’t make the decision on whether someone is due compensation, but decides whether they have properly finished the documentation. Once the documents are in, the paperwork goes to the Industrial Commission for a decision.

The victims of North Carolina’s 1933 Eugenics Board Program have until June 30 to submit a completed claim form to the Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims to be eligible to receive compensation.

The state is trying to notify as many victims as possible before the June 30 deadline.

North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people whom the state deemed feeble-minded or otherwise undesirable between 1929 and 1974. Some of the victims were as young as 10 and chosen because they were promiscuous or did not get along with their schoolmates.

Last year, the General Assembly set aside $10 million to compensate victims with one-time payments. The final amount paid to each victim will depend on the number of verified claims.

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