State Administration Secretary Britt Cobb last week appointed Charmaine Fuller Cooper of Durham as executive director of the N.C. Justice for Victims of Sterilization Foundation.
Establishing the foundation was a priority for Gov. Bev Perdue, who included $250,000 in her first budget for its start-up. Lawmakers approved funding to develop a plan to compensate victims of N.C.'s eugenics program, which forcibly sterilized more than 7,600 people between 1929-74.
"I'm excited about this opportunity and see it as a turning point to bringing justice to so many families and individuals affected by this tragic moment in North Carolina history," Cooper said in a statement. "I aim to give them a voice so nothing like this ever happens in state government again."
Cooper's job includes providing support services to members of the still to be named foundation board; establish a charter with guidelines for identifying survivors and their descendants; examine legal options for restitution and potential funding sources; and act as a point of contact with state agencies,...