North Carolina
Department of Administration

Beverly Eaves Perdue, GovernorMoses Carey Jr., Secretary


Date
June 20, 2012
Contact
Jill Warren Lucas
Release
Immediate
Phone
919-807-2496

EXCLUDED FROM BUDGET, STERILIZATION VICTIMS FOUNDATION
SUSPENDS INTAKE OF VERIFICATION REQUESTS

161 Victims in 57 Counties Now Verified as Number of Likely Living Victims Declines

RALEIGH – Due to the joint budget agreement to exclude funding for compensation for victims of the state’s
former Eugenics Board program, as well as continuation funding for operation of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization
Victims Foundation, the Foundation today suspended intake of new victim verification requests.

The House approved legislation earlier this month that reflected Gov. Bev Perdue’s call to pay $50,000 lump sum
compensation to living victims, as well as funding for the Foundation’s continued operation and expanded outreach.
House Speaker Thom Tillis this morning restated his personal support for House Bill 947, but added: “There is a
very strong message from the Senate that they are not prepared to take it up this year.”

Foundation Executive Director Charmaine Fuller Cooper said the Foundation must curtail intake requests because
its current operational funding is scheduled to expire on June 30, the end of the fiscal year. Other operational
matters will be addressed soon.

The Foundation today confirmed an increase in the number of verified victims, which counts 161 individuals in 57
counties, including 146 living victims. Fuller Cooper said the increase reflects cases of multiple siblings and entire
families being sterilized.

Fuller Cooper noted that time is not on the side of aging victims. An updated estimate from the N.C. State Center
for Health Statistics this month revised down the number of likely living victims from about 1,500 to 2,000 to about
1,350 to 1,800.

As of today, Lenoir County, where the Caswell Center is located, continues to have the highest number of
verifications with 24 matches to N.C. Eugenics Board records. Mecklenburg, which had the highest number of
procedures of any North Carolina county, follows with 13 verifications, then Wake with 11. Among the Top 10
counties, Buncombe and Scotland continue to have no matches to date.

Note that counties with increased verifications from the last update in April are highlighted in bold.

 

Rank

County of Residence (at time of procedure)

Sterilizations Performed - July 1946 to June 1968

Number of verified victims (6/20/2012)

Rank

County of Residence (at time of procedure)

Sterilizations Performed - July 1946 to June 1968

Number of verified Victims (6/20/2012)

1

Mecklenburg

485

13

51

Gates

41

0

2

Guilford

167

2

52

Madison

40

0

3

Gaston

161

2

53

Orange

40

0

4

Pitt

142

2

54

Pasquotank

39

1

5

Buncombe

139

0

55

Northampton

37

0

6

Forsyth

128

5

56

Davidson

36

0

7

Rowan

120

3

57

Martin

36

0

8

Scotland

114

0

58

Perquimans

36

5

9

Wake

114

11

59

Craven

35

2

10

Hertford

106

1

60

Onslow

35

0

11

Iredell

104

2

61

Pamlico

35

2

12

Wilkes

100

3

62

Randolph

33

1

13

Alamance

93

3

63

Union

31

0

14

Cumberland

89

3

64

Yadkin

30

0

15

Wayne

85

6

65

Avery

29

0

16

Durham

82

1

66

Carteret

29

1

17

Surry

82

4

67

Henderson

29

0

18

Catawba

80

1

68

Ashe

28

3

19

Moore

78

1

69

Haywood

28

0

20

Cabarrus

77

0

70

Hoke

28

1

21

Duplin

75

3

71

Pender

27

1

22

Robeson

75

3

72

Watauga

26

0

23

Bladen

73

0

73

Caswell

24

0

24

Cleveland

72

4

74

Beaufort

23

0

25

New Hanover

72

2

75

Chowan

23

1

26

Nash

70

0

76

Brunswick

22

1

27

Person

70

1

77

Mitchell

22

0

28

Franklin

64

1

78

Jackson

20

0

29

Lenoir

61

24

79

Stanly

20

0

30

Caldwell

59

0

80

Stokes

19

0

31

Burke

56

8

81

Cherokee

18

0

32

Sampson

56

2

82

Polk

18

0

33

Harnett

55

0

83

Camden

17

2

34

Wilson

55

1

84

Montgomery

17

0

35

Johnston

54

1

85

Swain

17

1

36

Chatham

53

4

86

Davie

16

1

37

Rockingham

53

1

87

Greene

16

0

38

Rutherford

51

0

88

Alexander

14

0

39

Lee

50

0

89

Macon

14

1

40

Edgecombe

49

0

90

Clay

13

0

41

Columbus

48

2

91

Yancey

13

0

42

Vance

47

1

92

Graham

11

0

43

Halifax

46

2

93

Jones

11

0

44

Lincoln

46

1

94

Dare

9

1

45

Richmond

46

0

95

Granville

7

4

46

Transylvania

46

1

96

Hyde

7

3

47

Anson

44

0

97

Washington

7

1

48

Bertie

44

1

98

Currituck

6

0

49

Warren

44

1

99

Alleghany

5

0

50

McDowell

43

1

100

Tyrrell

4

0

 For information about the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, visit its website: www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov.