320 NC sterilization program cases sent for compensation review as time to apply running out


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RALEIGH, North Carolina — Time is running out for victims of North Carolina's former state-run sterilization program to file a claim for compensation.

The state Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims said Thursday that 520 people had filed claims by June 1. Of those 320 were forwarded to the state Industrial Commission to determine whether they qualify for compensation.

The deadline to submit a claim is June 30.

The Legislature last year set aside $10 million for one-time payments to North Carolina's sterilization victims. The final amount paid to each individual depends on how many come forward.

North Carolina sterilized about 7,600 people it deemed feeble-minded or otherwise undesirable between 1929 and 1974. Most were either forced or coerced into having the procedure.

Some victims were as young as 10.

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