Hundreds file claims for eugenics compensation

Posted May 12, 2014

— With seven weeks left for victims of North Carolina's erstwhile forced sterilization program to apply for compensation, 442 claims have already been submitted to the state Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims.

The office has forwarded 281 of those claims to the North Carolina Industrial Commission, which handles all tort claims against the state and will be responsible for determining whether a claimant is eligible for compensation. The remaining 161 are lacking some necessary information before they can be considered, said Chris Mears, spokesman for the state Department of Administration.

Lawmakers last year set aside $10 million in the state budget to provide compensation to victims of the eugenics program, which ran between 1929 and 1974. The exact payment per victim will depend on how many apply.

As many as 1,800 victims may still be alive, but as of last year, the state's efforts to find them had yielded only 176 people. Families of victims who have already died aren't eligible for compensation.

The Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims is trying to notify as many victims of the sterilization program as possible about the June 30 deadline to apply for compensation. The state sent about 1,000 direct-mail pieces to identified victims, made hundreds of telephone calls and partnered with other state agencies on outreach efforts.

For more information, including claim forms, people can check the Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims website or call 919-807-4270.


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  • 50s Child May 13, 2014

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    Osprey, I was starting HS when this program ENDED. Furthermore, I was living in Chicago. Please tell me why a stranger's sterilized at her family's request is MY sin.

  • Lightfoot3 May 13, 2014

    "And during this horrific program, the state was led by one party." - privilegesrevoked

    I also heard the sky was blue during that timeframe. I'm sure that's relevant, somehow.

  • 68_dodge_polara May 13, 2014

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  • Classified May 13, 2014

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    Yup, a southern hybrid of the democratic party historically known as the Dixiecrat. Once this party started supporting civil rights it's constituents quickly jumped ship and joined the republican party which did not. History, what a pain huh?

  • ospreysilver May 13, 2014

    Crimes of the father right? Over 7,600 people were forcibly sterilized, yet only 1,800 are later compensated. I guess if you get away with a crime long enough, you will eventually owe no one.

  • Sherrill Craig May 12, 2014
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    I hope Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims goes over the applications with a fine-toothed comb to make sure only people who are eligible for compensation will get paid. In this day and age, I am sure this whole endeavor is going to be rife with fraud.

  • Hal Price May 12, 2014
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    Wonder who that could be?