Riddick has been a formidable advocate for her fellow victims, pressing North Carolina to make amends. But multiple attempts at compensation have not come to fruition.
On Thursday Riddick said she was amazed to learn of North Carolina’s plans to compensate victims.
“I tip my hat to North Carolina, finally they came to their senses and decided to do what’s right,” she said.
Still, Riddick added, the money isn’t enough.
“You can’t put a price on someone taking your womb or castrating you, it’s humiliating,” Riddick said.
In 2002 North Carolina became one of the first states to publically apologize for practicing eugenics. It’s estimated that 7,600 people were sterilized in North Carolina, and according to the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation only 177 living victims have been verified to date.
Only 48 of the surviving victims of North Carolina's now shuttered eugenics program have come forward and been matched to state records. The North Carolina Institute for Sterilization Victims Foundation is tasked with finding the thousands of survivors believed to still be alive. Dr. Nancy Snyderman reports.