NC sterilization compensation fund gets 1st leader –

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina’s effort to help thousands of mental patients and prisoners sterilized against their will decades ago moved forward Tuesday as state officials announced its first hire to lead a program to determine how to compensate victims.

Charmaine Fuller Cooper, named the first executive director of the North Carolina Justice for Victims of Sterilization Foundation, will help develop criteria to determine whether patients or their descendants qualify for financial restitution or other assistance, according to the Department of Administration.

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