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Governor’s Task Force to Determine the Method of Compensation for Victims of North Carolina’s Eugenics Board

Governor Beverly Perdue established the five-member 'Governor’s Task Force to Determine the Method of Compensation for Victims of North Carolina’s Eugenics Board' on March 8, 2011 with Executive Order No. 83.

The North Carolina Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims, as a Division of the North Carolina Department of Administration, will provide the necessary professional, administrative, and staff support services to the Task Force.

Task Force Duties

The five member panel shall have the following duties:

  1. Recommend possible methods or forms of compensation to those persons forcibly sterilized under the North Carolina Eugenics Board program.
  2. Evaluate recommendations from previous commissions regarding the North Carolina Eugenics Board program and sterilization victims.
  3. Perform such other duties as may be assigned by the Governor.

The Task Force shall provide preliminary recommendations to the Governor by August 1, 2011 and a final report by February 1, 2012.

Task Force Membership

Task Force members were appointed by the Governor. Membership consists of the following five positions:

Former Judge: Fetzer 'Frank' Mills
Physician: Dr. Laura Gerald, Chairperson
Former Journalist: Phoebe Zerwick
Historian: Dr. Lenwood G. Davis
Attorney: Demetrius Worley Berry

 

Task Force Meeting Minutes, Presentations & Reports

Wed, April, 27, 2011
Agenda  Minutes 
Presentations:

Presentation 1
History of NC Eugenics & The Role of the Foundation 
Charmaine S. Fuller Cooper, Executive Director
NC Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims

Presentation 2
Estimation of Number of Sterilization Victim Survivors 
Don Akin, Statistician
State Center for Health Statistics

Wed, May 25, 2011
Agenda  Minutes  
Presentations:
Department of Cultural Resources
by Sarah Koonts - State Collections
Debbi Blake - State Archives 

Handout A – Cultural Resources’ Eugenics Collection Finding Aid 
Handout B – Eugenics Board Minutes – October 1950 
Handout C – Eugenics Board Hearing – January 1969 
Handout D – Redacted Patient Case File 
Handout E – Redacted Patient Case File  

Presentation Handouts: 
Office of Minority Health & Health Disparities 
by Barbara Pullen-Smith, Director 
Lisa Hodges, Public Health Program Consultant
Presentation Handout  

N.C. Office of Justice for Sterilization Victims - Clearinghouse Program
Charmaine S. Fuller Cooper, Director
Presentation Handout 
 

Wed, June 22, 2011 - Public Hearing
Agenda  Minutes 
Wed, July 13, 2011
Agenda  Minutes 
Mon, Aug 1, 2011
Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force Preliminary Report 
Thurs, Oct. 27, 2011
Upcoming Meeting,
10 a.m. - Governor's Crime Commission, 1201 Front St - Suite 200, 2nd floor, Raleigh, NC
 
Agenda  Minutes 
Tues, Dec. 6, 2011
Agenda  Minutes 
Task Force Member Reports reviewing possible Compensation & Other Services 
Eugenics Data by County 
Tues, Jan. 10, 2012
Upcoming Meeting,
10 a.m. - Governor's Crime Commission, 1201 Front St - Suite 200, 2nd floor, Raleigh, NC
 
Agenda   
Tues, Jan. 27, 2012
Final Task Force Report and Recommendations