Monday marks the deadline for victims of North Carolina’s eugenics program to apply for compensation.
Some 7500 men and women were involuntarily sterilized in North Carolina between 1929 and 1974 under the authority of the state Eugenics Board. It’s estimated fewer than 2,000 of those individuals are still alive.
Last year lawmakers set aside $10 million in compensation, which will be divided equally among certified living victims and awarded June 30, 2015.
For more on the eugenics compensation program, listen to Chris Fitzsimon’s recent radio interview with attorney Elizabeth Haddix from the University of North Carolina Center for Civil Rights. The Center has been providing pro bono legal help to the potential claimants.
Additional information (including the form to apply for compensation) can be found at the Office for Justice of Sterilization Victims.