North Carolina's largest civil rights group is calling on state leaders to approve payments for victims of the state's defunct eugenics program by the end of this year.
Leaders of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People sent a letter Monday to Gov. Beverly Perdue, House Speaker Thom Tillis and other lawmakers regarding the victims of involuntary sterilization.
The NAACP wants the state to seek out living victims of the program and make restitution payments to them. A state panel recommended compensation in a draft report this year, but said it needed more time to determine exact amounts.
The state Eugenics Board authorized sterilizing about 7,600 North Carolinians deemed unfit to have children between 1929 and 1974.