Recovery From Forced Sterilization

The Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program (FISCP) ended on December 31, 2023. CalVCB can no longer accept applications.

Frequently asked questions

Who qualified for the program?

For survivors of sterilization in state-run facilities:

  • Sterilization happened between 1909 and 1979
  • You were sterilized while at a state hospital, home, or institution
  • The facility was run by:
    • The California Department of State Hospitals, or 
    • The California Department of Developmental Services
  • The victim was alive as of July 1, 2021

For survivors of sterilization in prison:

  • Sterilization happened after 1979
  • You were sterilized while in a state prison or correctional facility 
  • The facility was run by the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation
  • Sterilization was not required for emergency life-saving medical reasons 
  • Sterilization was not due to a chemical sterilization program for convicted sex offenders
  • Sterilization was for birth control purposes
  • You were sterilized under one of the following conditions:
    • Without consent,
    • With consent given less than 30 days before sterilization,
    • With consent given without counseling or consultation, or   
    • With no record or documentation of giving consent

How much money did survivors receive?

Qualified recipients received an initial payment of $15,000. Pursuant to Senate Bill 143, signed by the Governor on September 13, 2023, a second and final payment of $20,000 will be processed and sent to all eligible claimants no later than October 1, 2024.

This compensation will not be considered taxable income for state tax purposes. To learn more about how the payments will be treated, read Health and Safety Code 24217.

When will survivors receive compensation?

An initial payment will be made within 60 days of notice of confirmed eligibility. A second and final payment will be made to qualified recipients by October 1, 2024.

When could survivors apply?

CalVCB accepted applications from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2023.

What should I except if I applied by December 31, 2023?

You will get a letter saying your application is complete, or asking for more information.

Once we have a complete application, we will review for eligibility. You will get a letter with an eligibility decision.

If your eligibility is verified, you will receive a letter confirming that you qualify for compensation.

If your eligibility is not verified, we will deny your application. We will notify you and tell you how you can appeal.

Were applications confidential?

Yes. CalVCB will not disclose to the public any record about a claimant’s application. Information may be shared with other entities, but only to verify eligibility. See CalVCB’s privacy policy.

How can I learn more?

Send an email to

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