Updated:MATTHEWS, N.C. —
Monday June 30 is the last day for victims of North Carolina's eugenics program to file for compensation.
This deadline affects many people in the Charlotte area. Lawmakers say Mecklenberg County has the highest number of victims from the program.
The state is prepared to pay thousands of dollars to each victim. The average payment will be less than $20,000 per person.
Some victims have been waiting decades for this compensation.
Rita Swords of Matthews says she has been holding onto the paperwork since 1960 hoping one day it would make a difference.
Swords is one of approximately 7,600 people who were forced to be sterilized between 1929 and 1974 with the approval of the state. This program affected those deemed socially or mentally unfit and were as young as 10 years old.
The eugenics program was then considered a way to improve the human population.
Swords says despite the payment being long overdue, it will help her.
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