RALEIGH, NC (AP) – A North Carolina committee is scheduled to recommend financial compensation for the hundreds of living victims of the state’s eugenics-based sterilization program.
The Eugenics Compensation Task Force is set to meet Tuesday morning. Members of the panel have discussed possible payment amounts of between $20,000 and $50,000 per victim.
Any recommendation it makes would have to be approved by the General Assembly.
North Carolina is the first state in the country looking to provide financial compensation for victims of sterilization. State officials sterilized around 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974, and they believe between 1,500 and 2,000 are still alive.
Some of the 48 victims so far identified have said the figures being discussed are too low. But large payouts will be a hard sell in the Legislature.
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