Californians Who Endured Forced Sterilization Are Entitled to At Least $15,000

Compensation for Sterilization Survivors by the California Victim Compensation Board

Part of California’s dark history is forced sterilizations of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  Legislation in 2021 approved reparations for those individuals of at least $15,000; however, at this time only 51 people have been approved for the compensation.  If you know a survivor of forced sterilization then please share with the information on the Governor’s website here. 

Sterilizations of Californians with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities began in the early 1900s with the peak in the 1930s, and the vast majority of the sterilizations occurred in institutions across the state.  This means that a survivor may be in their late 80s or older. 

Survivors are encouraged to visit or reach out to CalVCB at 800-777-9229 or to obtain an application. They can also send a letter to P.O. Box 591, Sacramento, CA 95812-0591. Applications will be accepted from Jan. 1, 2022 through Dec. 31, 2023. Applying is completely confidential.

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