CalVCB administers California’s Forced or Involuntary Sterilization Compensation Program (FISCP), which provides compensation for those who were victims of state-sponsored sterilization.
FISCP began on Jan. 1, 2022, and ends on Dec. 31, 2023, as required by Assembly Bill 137. The program is aimed at compensating victims of eugenics laws that allowed state hospitals and other state-run facilities to perform medical procedures on people in their care that prevented them from physically being able to have children. The program also compensates state prisoners who were sterilized without their consent while in custody after 1979, when eugenics laws were repealed.
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California created the nation’s first victim compensation program in 1965. CalVCB administers the Victim Compensation Program, which provides reimbursement for crime-related expenses to victims who suffer physical injury or the threat of physical injury as a result of a violent crime. A claimant should file an application within seven years of the crime, seven years after the direct victim turns 21 years of age, or seven years from when the crime could have been discovered, whichever is later. Also, if the application is based on specified crimes involving sex with a minor, a victim may file at any time prior to the victim’s 28th birthday.