Response: Thank you my friend Charmaine for all that you have done the hard work fighting for justice for victims who where sterilized. I want to also thank you again for your hard work in fighting for the NC Racial Justice Act. I remember when you came to Tarboro and we had a meeting several years ago educating folks about folks being sent to jail for wrongful convictions. I know you will do well in your new transition.
My last day with the N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation will be Thursday, August 16th. It has been an enlightening experience working on the behalf of people impacted by NC’s former Eugenics Board program. I have grown greatly as a person during my time at the Foundation and met many wonderful people who have suffered greatly but have still managed to display enormous strength, dignity and virtue. While many including myself hoped and worked for compensation for victims to finally be passed this year, a vote on compensation was not carried forth and passed by both legislative chambers. There are many who are still working for NC’s eugenics victims and the Foundation will continue to operate. My advocacy for victims will also continue as a private citizen.
Professionally, I will transition into the role of Director for Community & Multicultural Health Initiatives with the American Heart Association. I look forward to this new opportunity but will greatly miss the daily interaction with the victims and family members who I worked to earn their trust and respect via the Foundation.
After my transition, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org