August 15, 2014

Compensating N.C. eugenics victims

The state’s rejection of the majority of claims for compensation for its decades-long eugenics program is raising reasonable concerns about the claims process and its fairness. Of the 730 claims received by the June 30 deadline to the Office of Justice for Sterilization, 565 were pre-screened for the necessary information, including matching victims with state Eugenics Board records, and sent to the Industrial Commission for an official determination of eligibility. By last week only about 180 were reported to have qualified to receive payments from the $10 million state fund.

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