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Task Force: Eugenics Victims Should Get Paid

Victims of a forced sterilization program in North Carolina should receive compensatory damages, according to a preliminary report released today.

The Governor's Eugenics Compensation Task Force released the report. It examines a number of forms of compensation for victims of the state's sterilization program. The report recommends each living victim receive between $20,000 to $50,000 from the state. But it says the task force needs more time to decide exactly how much is appropriate. The report also recommends mental health services for survivors, funding for a traveling exhibit about North Carolina's eugenics program, and maintaining a clearing house for victims. Final recommendations from the task force are due on the governor's desk by February first of next year.

Jessica Jones covers both the legislature in Raleigh and politics across the state. Before her current assignment, Jessica was given the responsibility to open up WUNC's first Greensboro Bureau at the Triad Stage in 2009. She's a seasoned public radio reporter who's covered everything from education to immigration, and she's a regular contributor to NPR's news programs. Jessica started her career in journalism in Egypt, where she freelanced for international print and radio outlets. After stints in Washington, D.C. with Voice of America and NPR, Jessica joined the staff of WUNC in 1999. She is a graduate of Yale University.
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