NC group finds increase in verified sterilizations

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RALEIGH, N.C. — The foundation that developed a plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization is reporting an increase in the number of verified victims of North Carolina’s old eugenics program.

N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation announced Thursday that a new count shows 186 victims in 61 counties. The count includes 168 living victims.

The report said counties with new verifications include Lee, Montgomery, Buncombe and Edgecombe. While procedures were performed in all 100 counties, 43 counties still report no verifications.

Lenoir County continues to report the highest number of verifications with 24 matches to N.C. Eugenics Board records. Mecklenburg County, which had the highest number of procedures of any North Carolina county, follows with 15 verifications.

Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people.

Source: The Associated Press