by Daren Bakst
Senior Research Fellow in Agricultural Policy, Heritage Foundation
• North Carolina forcibly sterilized approximately 7,600 individuals in the 20th Century as part of its eugenics program.
• Many eugenics victims are still alive in North Carolina. Recent state estimates have ranged from 2,944 living victims to a total of about 1,500–2,000 individuals.
• Victims should be compensated (the harm imposed on them is clear), but there is no quicker way to undermine the idea of compensating the victims than attempting to compensate descendants of the victims (where the harm is speculative at best).
• There are five ways that North Carolina should compensate the victims:
• These recommendations would provide victims more than $20,000 each and would trigger compensation immediately, before it is too late for many of the victims.