Sunday, November 15, 2015

Compensation for Virginia Sterlization Victims Advances

The News and Advance (Nov. 15, 2015): Compensation for Sterilization Victims under Review, by Alex Rohr:

Regulations by which people forcibly sterilized at Virginia training centers may receive compensation are under review by the governor’s office, according to the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Services.

The Virginia Compensation for Victims of Eugenics Sterilization Program holds $400,000 to compensate individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities who were forcibly sterilized at Virginia institutions, including Central Virginia Training Center in Madison Heights.  The program offers a one-time payment of $25,000 to living victims of sterilization or the estates of those who died after Feb. 1, 2015.

It is believed that thousands were forcibly sterilized in Virginia state institutions between 1924 and 1981.

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