More than 100 victims of forced sterilization have been verified by the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation.
WHQR’s Michelle Bliss reports that nearly 7,600 documented sterilizations were performed in the state between 1929 and 1974.
The foundation has verified 111 victims so far, including a handful across southeastern North Carolina. Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper says that North Carolina operated the most aggressive eugenics program in the country with most sterilizations occurring after World War II and the Holocaust.
Back in January, the governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force recommended paying sums of $50,000 only to living victims. The task force also suggested increased mental health services for victims and the creation of a traveling eugenics exhibit.
Lawmakers could vote on the recommended compensation for victims during the short legislative session in May.
NOTE: Governor Bev Perdue is encouraging anyone who believes they are a victim to contact the foundation. Call 877-550-6013 or visit www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov.