Time to comment on eugenics compensation ending

Posted October 21, 2013

— Monday is the last day for the public to comment on how the state will handle claims from eugenics victims.

Lawmakers set aside $10 million in the state budget to provide compensation to victims of the North Carolina forced sterilization program that 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 so far, the state's efforts to find them have yielded only 146 people. Families of victims who have already died would not be eligible.

Comments may be submitted to Abigail M. Hammond by email at abigail.hammond@ic.nc.gov, by fax to 919-715-0282, or by mail to 4336 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4336.

After the rules are set, the state Industrial Commission, which handles all tort claims against the state, will move forward in the process of handling claims.

Payments will be made in June 2015, and the money would be exempt from state taxes.


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  • davidk_at_unc Oct 23, 2013

    "It is nothing the state should apologize for. It was a part of what happened back then. It is history." -- anthonysmith349

    Yep, just like the holocaust, slavery, Japanese internment, and countless instances of genocide across the world. All history. "Sorry about that y'all." Now just move along.

  • forddp Oct 22, 2013

    The apology that was extended was enough.

    It's called justice. These people were deliberately harmed by the state, and the state needs to atone for that. The only way there is to do that is monetarily. If you think an apology is enough, next time you're in an auto accident and the at fault driver says their sorry, you should walk away and make no insurance claim. Bet that won't happen.

  • wayneboyd Oct 22, 2013

    I think the score should be pretty close to even by now. After all we taxpayers have been footing the bill for most that have been born in this country since the 60's.

  • doctorgraves71 Oct 22, 2013

    "No to free hand outs"...wcsupplies

    Really? I don't think you understand what "forced" means. Look it up and learn... :)

  • Poboy1963 Oct 21, 2013

    So, hurry in now if you want that check to buy that new big-screen before the deadline, because we all know that a nice check is a great compensation for having been unable to have a family!

  • anthonysmith349 Oct 21, 2013

    I am sorry this happened to these people. However, if it really emotionally hurt them, money wouldn't matter. It is nothing the state should apologize for. It was a part of what happened back then. It is history. That is what is wrong with our country, people keep wanting to live in the past. If you keep looking back where you have been, you can't see where you are going. The apology that was extended was enough. Money is not going to change what happened to them back then.

  • wcsupplies Oct 21, 2013

    No to free hand outs

  • wcsupplies Oct 21, 2013

    NO MONEY, Those are tax dollars, and should not be used in this latest play for free hand outs.

  • Rebelyell55 Oct 21, 2013

    No money, help if they need it, but no direct payment. Also no circus or traveling show that was menition. Just a waste of tax payer money.