Nine years after then-Governor Mike Easley apologized for North Carolina’s shameful eugenics program, a state task force has recommended providing lump-sum payments to the surviving victims.
In a 93-page preliminary report delivered to Governor Bev Perdue on Monday, the task force said “that the state of North Carolina must move beyond just an apology” and provide “meaningful compensation” to those who were sterilized by the state.
While the panel wants more time to consider what’s fair, it notes that $20,000 to $50,000 per victim is the range that has been considered in the past. Additionally, the task force wants funding for:
- Mental Health Services for Living Victims
- Funding for Traveling N.C. Eugenics Exhibit
- Continuation and Expansion for the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation
Charmaine Fuller Cooper, Executive Director of the North Carolina Justice for Victims of Sterilization Foundation, recently appeared on News & Views to discuss efforts to compensate the roughly 1,500 to 2,000 victims who are still alive.
Cooper believes the next hurdle will be getting state legislators to approve the Eugenics Task Force’s recommendations, especially given North Carolina’s current budget woes.
To list to part of our studio interview, click below. To read the Governor’s Eugenics Compensation Task Force Preliminary Report, click here.