NC Eugenics Victims Come Forward For Payment
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- Victims of North Carolina's decades long eugenics program continue to come forward in advance of a looming deadline to claim compensation.
As of Thursday, 630 people believed to have been victims of the sterilization program had submitted claims to receive funds from the state. Monday is the last day to file a claim.
The $10 million allotted by the state as compensation will be divided among the people who file a claim and are approved by the state's Industrial Commission. If all of the current claims are approved, each person will receive around $15,000.
The state will pay victims one year after the deadline.
State officials are continuing their efforts to reach all potential victims. It's estimated about 1,800 victims of the program are still alive.