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NAACP calling for victims of sterilization to come forward

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CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) -

Leaders from the Charlotte - Mecklenburg chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) are calling for victims of the North Carolina's Sterilization program to come forward.

Between the years 1929 -1974 about 7600 North Carolinians were forced or coerced to be sterilized. The state set aside $10 million to compensate victims for their pain.

Back in 2010 it was believed about 3,000 victims were still alive.  There's no word what the number is now.  So far the state reports about 281 claims have been validated and on the way to be processed. 

Local NAACP president Kojo Nantambu wants victims to come to Little Rock AME Zion Church in downtown Charlotte on Thursday June 5th to get help filling out the necessary paperwork in order to receive payment.

"A person who was deprived the opportunity of having a family," Nantambu said. "I mean they sterilized people as young as 10 years old, that is a lot to take away from a person's life. And even though it was tragic and it may bring up some emotions, that person still has the right to be compensated."
 
Lawyers will be present to walk victims through the process.  It is believed there could be about 400 victims living in the Charlotte area.  The help will be given from 11 AM to 2PM on June 5th at Little Rock AME Zion.  Leaders hope this assistance will convince victims to come forward.

For more information and get a claim call Office of Justice at 1-877-550-6013 or
919-807-4270.

You can also call the Center for Civil Rights at 919-445-0176.

The deadline to file is June 30.

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