Wednesday, October 27, 2010

NC News: Important Headlines-Sterilization Victims Hotline

Hotline Number:
N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation. 1-877-550-6013 (toll free in North Carolina) or 919-807-4270.
The hotline is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM.

If you believe that you were a victim of North Carolina sterilization program you are encouraged to call this hotline.

In North Carolina 7,600 people were forcibly sterilized between 1929 and 1970’s. Many of those who were sterilized were young adults and teens with intellectual disabilities or mental illness. Many of the young women sterilized during the 1960’s were black women and girls.

North Carolina’s sterilization laws were repealed in July of 2003. At that time Governor Mike Easley apologized on behalf of the state for this practice.

Throughout the United States over 60,000 Americans were legally sterilized against their will during the 20th century.

“North Carolina Assembly Strikes Sterilization Law”, By Dave Reynolds, Inclusion Daily Express -July 22, 2003

News Articles:

Hotline launched to help state's eugenics victims
Posted by Lisa Sorg on Tue, Oct 26, 2010 at 3:48 PM

If you believe you were forcibly sterilized under the authority of the N.C. Eugenics Board, you can call a toll-free hotline for information about the program.
The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation is operating the hotline. The number is 1-877-550-6013 (toll-free in North Carolina) or 919-807-4270. It is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday.

The Eugenics Board program operated between 1929 and 1974. Persons impacted by the N.C. Eugenics Board program were born in or prior to 1961.

Read Indy Article Here.

Sterilization Victims Hotline (The Insider and The Associated Press Report)
The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation announced Tuesday the establishment of a toll-free number for callers to provide information and confirm the identification of someone who was sterilized under the authority of the North Carolina Eugenics Board. More than 7,600 people were sterilized by choice or coercion under the state program between 1933 and 1973. Callers will have to fill out a verification form. Gov. Beverly Perdue created the foundation to determine how to compensate victims. But there's no money set aside right now for that assistance. The foundation said verification doesn't guarantee the person will receive compensation.(THE ASSOCIATED PRESS, 10/26/10).

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