Has the United States officially paid reparations in the form of US dollars to any parties that were a "child"

"Civil Liberties Act of 1988" (PUBLIC LAW 100-383—AUG. 10,1988; Public Law 100-383, 100th Congress; 102 Stat. 903. Public Section 105. Restitution. (a)(7)(C)(ii))

a "child" of an eligible individual includes a recognized natural child, a stepchild who lived with the eligible individual in a regular parent-child relationship, and an adopted child

other than the children of an eligible individual who suffered

the fundamental injustice of the evacuation, relocation, and internment of United States citizens and permanent resident aliens of Japanese ancestry during World War II


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    The referenced act also allows for payments to Aleuts, who were transferred from their homes "for safe keeping". Payments for damages have occurred since the American Revolutionary War; consider the "Fire Lands", established in the "Western Reserve" of Ohio, for people burned out of their homes in Connecticut by the British. Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 12:59
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    Are you asking whether anyone under 18 has been given reparations? Whether anyone has been given reparations on the basis of what happened to their parents, other than regarding Japanese internment? Your question is very unclear. Commented Jun 1, 2018 at 15:50
  • @Acccumulation Has the definition of "child" in the cited act been applied to any affected party other than the "eligible" Japanese defined in the law where the U.S. directly paid US dollars as reparations (legal or war) to that "child"; e.g., "stepchild", "adopted child"; has the letter of the law as to "child" been applied to other individuals or groups that were not Japanese internees, relocatees, evacuatees during World War II? Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 1:26
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    @PeterDiehr How are the "Fire Lands" related to reparations? Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 16:09
  • @guest271314: they were payments, in the form of land grants, for losses suffered during the war. Reparations: "the making of amends for a wrong one has done, by paying money to or otherwise helping those who have been wronged." In this case, the latter sense. Commented Jun 2, 2018 at 19:48

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The Firelands was part of the Western Reserve of Connecticut in the Northwest Territory. This area is now part of Ohio, and it was reserved specifically for people burned out of their homes in Connecticut by the British during the Revolutionary War.

This is an example of early reparations, authorized by US law.

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