N.C. to Compensate Victims of Sterilization in 20th Century Eugenics ProgramSubmitted by bobbyw24 on Tue, 01/10/2012 - 12:00
North Carolina will become the first state to compensate victims of a mass sterilization program that targeted poor minorities in a 20th century eugenics program.
In an announcement today, the Eugenics Compensation Task Force is expected to recommend a cash amount and an apology to victims for taking away their ability to have children. It will also decide if the victims' descendants are eligible for money.
"The task force has discussed a range between $20,000 and $50,000, but we won't know for certain the amount or other elements until after they vote," Jill Lucas communications director for the North Carolina Department of Administration, told ABCNews.com.
The state has so far located 72 such victims, according to Lucas. Some lawmakers have asked for compensation as high as a $1 million each. They have also argued that the estates of those who have died be included in the monetary awards.