- Associated Press - Monday, May 12, 2014

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A North Carolina agency is reviewing claims of people who have previously identified themselves as victims of the state’s forced sterilization program so they can verify their eligibility for one-time payments from a $10 million compensation fund.

So far, 281 of the 442 claims filed have been forwarded to the N.C. Industrial Commission. Victims have until June 30 to submit a claim.

Each verified victim of the state-sponsored eugenics program that ended in the 1970s will split an equal share of the money.

A group established to help victims estimated last year that up to 1,800 victims are still alive, though the identities of only 168 have been verified so far with available records.

A state advisory board has recommended one-time payments of $50,000 each.

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