The NC Insider newsletter reports that Monday is the last day to comment on the proposed rules for compensating people who were involuntarily sterilized by the state’s Eugenics Board from 1929 to 1974.
Once the rules are set, officials will begin reaching out to people who have submitted information with the Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation to make claims, Department of Administration spokesman Chris Mears told The Insider last week.
The rules are being written by the N.C. Industrial Commission, which will also distribute the restitution.
It’s not known how many victims could come forward, but estimates have put the number at fewer than 200.
The General Assembly set aside $10 million to handle all claims that are verified.
The claims period ends June 30, and Mears told The Insider that his office was doing its best to get the word out to potential victims.
The compensation program was part of the state budget passed during the recent legislative session, and it had strong support from House Speaker Thom Tillis. The law also ensures that state records of sterilization victims remain private.
More than 7,600 adults and children were forcibly sterilized in North Carolina in a eugenics effort that disproportionately affected black residents. North Carolina is the first in the nation to offer restitution.
More information on the rules and filing a claim can be found at www.ic.nc.gov/news.html#hot
Comments may be submitted to Abigail M. Hammond by email at email@example.com, by fax at 919-715-0282, or by mail at 4336 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4336.
The hotline number for the Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims is 877-550-6013.
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