The state on Wednesday mailed about 800 packets to likely claimants to receive compensation for North Carolina’s eugenics program.
The state Industrial Commission will determine who is eligible, under legislation the governor signed into law this year allocating $10 million for the compensation. An Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims was established to process the initial claims, and help people make them.
Claims will be accepted until June 30, 2014.
The claim packets that went out Wednesday were sent to people who had previously submitted forms. Claim forms can be downloaded from http://www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov/,or by calling 919-807-4270.
North Carolina sterilized an estimated 7,600 people between 1929 and 1974. There are estimates that 1,350 to 1,800 of them are still alive.