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Hotline For People Forcibly Sterilized By State Of North Carolina

The North Carolina government has announced a hotline to "provide information and initiate the identification process for individuals who believe they were sterilized under the authority of the N.C. Eugenics Board program between 1929 and 1974."

The government reports "from 1929 until 1974, an estimated 7,600 North Carolinians, women and men, many of whom were poor, undereducated, institutionalized, sick or disabled, were sterilized by choice, force or coercion under the authorization of the North Carolina Eugenics Board program."

According to a news release, Gov. Bev Perdue established the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. In its last session, the North Carolina General Assembly provided funding for the Foundation to begin planning to carry out its mission to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina. The Foundation will function as a clearinghouse to assist victims of the N.C. Eugenics Board program.

“The Foundation is here to help people who may have been sterilized under this program,” said Charmaine Fuller Cooper, Executive Director. “We understand that some people may not recall a lot of details, and others may be reluctant to share their experiences, but we encourage those with concerns to call us for more information.”

The number is 1-877-550-6013 or 919-807-4270. The hotline will operate from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

Below is the information from the North Carolina government (you can find a link below to more information):

"From 1929 until 1974, an estimated 7,600 North Carolinians, women and men, many of whom were poor, undereducated, institutionalized, sick or disabled, were sterilized by choice, force or coercion under the authorization of the North Carolina Eugenics Board program.

Gov. Bev Perdue established the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation to provide justice and compensate victims who were forcibly sterilized by the State of North Carolina. The Foundation will function as a clearinghouse to assist victims of the N.C. Eugenics Board program. Foundation staff also will support a separate Gubernatorial Task Force.

The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation is dedicated to providing information and assistance to affected individuals."


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