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This month is an important one for the North Carolina Sterilization Victims Compensation Act.  The Act was passed last summer, after years of advocacy, to provide some compensation to people who had been involuntarily sterilized in North Carolina from the 1930s to the 1970s.  The Act set aside $10 million, which will be divided next year between the people who meet the burden of showing that they were involuntarily sterilized (and who were alive as of June 30, 2013).  This is an important precedent, which other states that also sterilized many people will be looking to for guidance.

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Alfred L. Brophy

Afred L. Brophy is the Judge John J. Parker Distinguished Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina--Chapel Hill. He teaches in the ares of property, trusts and estates, remedies, and legal history.

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