(CNN) – A five member task force – including a doctor, lawyer, historian, retired judge and retired journalist – has recommended today that a one-time payment of $50,000 be given to each of the living victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program. Gov. Bev Perdue created the compensation task force to examine reparations last year. The task force met for 10 months and faced a February 1 deadline to send its recommendations to the governor.
North Carolina’s eugenics program sterilized an estimated 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974, many of them against their will and knowledge. The state apologized for the sterilizations in 2002. North Carolina is the first state to consider paying victims.
For full article see North Carolina task force recommends $50,000 for sterilization victims By Debra Goldschmidt, CNN.
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