(Raleigh, NC) -- A group set up to help people sterilized against their will in North Carolina is halting its efforts to find more victims.
The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation said Wednesday the group must end its work because its funding expires June 30. Legislators did not include any money in the state budget for the foundation or to compensate the victims of the decades-old sterilization program.
The foundation says it has now verified 161 victims, including 146 living victims.
The foundation also says the number of likely living victims is now estimated at between 1,350 to 1,800 people, instead of the previous 1,500 to 2,000 victims.