Head of NC sterilization foundation takes new job

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The woman who has led the North Carolina foundation that developed a plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization is stepping down.

Charmaine Fuller Cooper’s last day as executive director of the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims was Thursday.

A spokeswoman says Cooper has accepted a job with the American Heart Association in Research Triangle Park.

A bill to compensate victims of forced sterilization with $50,000 each failed when the Senate didn’t consider it.

The foundation stopped taking new requests when it appeared operating funds would end, but the Legislature passed a bill directing the foundation to keep going with $128,000 from the Department of Administration.

Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people. The foundation has confirmed more than 160 victims.

Source: The Associated Press