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Deadline Looms For Victims Of North Carolina's Forced Sterilization Program

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program are facing a Monday deadline to file a claim to receive payment from the state.

An estimated 1,800 victims are still alive, 520 of whom have filed claims so far. Of the 33 states that ran forced sterilization programs, North Carolina is the only one to compensate victims. A $10 million fund has been established to pay them.

State officials are continuing to push for more victims to come forward and file claims.

The $10 million will be divided according to how many victims file claims and are approved. Victims will be paid on June 30, 2015, one year after the deadline to file a claim.

At the current rate, the average payment will be less than $20,000 a person.

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