Korematsu and WWII Internment

As part of the Civil Liberties Act of 1988, 50 App. U.S.C. § 1989, the United States Government officially apologized to persons of Japanese descent who were interned in camps during World War II. The Act provided reparations to those affected by internment.

Fred Korematsu, who initiated the federal suit challenging the internment laws that ultimately reached the Supreme Court, Korematsu v. U.S., 373 US 214 (1944), received an official apology from President Williams J. Clinton, and in 1998, the Presidential Medal of Freedom was conferred upon Korematsu.