North Carolina Agrees to Compensate Sterilized Welfare Recipients
Friday, January 13, 2012
Exposed for having sterilized thousands of welfare recipients without their consent, the state of North Carolina is considering compensation for its victims.
The sterilizations occurred as part of a 20th century eugenics program that lasted from 1929 to 1974. As many as 7,600 people on welfare—mostly women, but disproportionally black women, and the mentally and physically disabled—were affected.
During the 1920s, the eugenics movement, which advocated sterilizing Americans who were allegedly polluting the gene pool, was so popular that 31 states ran sterilization programs. It was also considered a cost-saving strategy to reduce the number of people on welfare.
A task force in North Carolina has decided that each victim should be given $50,000 in compensation…but only those who are still alive, which would appear to be less than 2,000.
However, it remains to be seen if the legislature will authorize the funding this year, given that the budget has a $2 billion deficit. The compensation for victims could cost $100 million.
-Noel Brinkerhoff, David Wallechinsky
Payment Set for Those Sterilized in Program (by Kim Severson, New York Times)
Victims Speak Out about North Carolina Sterilization Program, Which Targeted Women, Young Girls and Blacks (by Michelle Kessel and Jessica Hopper, MSNBC)
NC Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation (North Carolina Department of Administration)
- Top Stories
- Unusual News
- Where is the Money Going?
- U.S. and the World
- Appointments and Resignations
- Latest News
- Labor Board Rules McDonald’s May Be Joint Employer of Its Franchise Operations and Liable for Labor Violations
- New Recourse for Those Retaliating Against Whistleblowers: Criminal Investigations
- Battle Rages Over $100 Million Worth of Middle East Oil Sitting Off Coast of Texas
- FBI Ordered to Resume Review of Cases that May be Tainted by Two Decades of Flawed Forensics
- U.S. State Dept. Approves Largest Sale Ever of Hellfire Missiles to Iraq