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How Much Should Victims Who Were Forcibly Sterilized Be Paid?

A task force is planning to recommend how much North Carolina should pay victims of forced sterilization, which would make it the only state in the country to offer compensation for eugenics program victims.

Members of the Eugenics Compensation Task Force are expected to settle on a figure Tuesday to recommend to the Legislature, along with deciding who will be eligible for the money.

Figures of $20,000 to $50,000 per person have been discussed.

North Carolina sterilized more than 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974. The state has so far verified 48 victims, but thinks there are hundreds more still alive.

North Carolina is one of about a half dozen states to apologize for past eugenics programs, but it is alone in trying to compensate them.


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