The funds will support $50,000 payments to verified victims of the state's former Eugenics Board program, which involuntarily sterilized North Carolinians during the 20th century.
Funds will also ensure continued operations of the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation, which provides ongoing outreach and clearinghouse services to assist eugenics victims.
"We cannot change the terrible things that happened to so many of our most vulnerable citizens, but we can take responsibility for our state's mistakes and show that we do not tolerate violations of basic human rights," Gov. Perdue said. "We must provide meaningful assistance to victims, so I am including this funding in my budget."
The Sterilization Victims Foundation logged more than 1,900 phone inquiries in the first three months of 2012 as it continues to receive verification inquiries from people who feel that they were impacted by the state's former Eugenics Board program.
If you believe you are or know someone who may have been affected by the program, call the toll-free hotline (877) 550-6013 or (919) 807-4270 for information, or visit the Foundation's website: www.sterilizationvictims.nc.gov.