Vermont Legislative Leaders
to apologize for Eugenics
Speaker of the House Jill Krowinski and Senate President Pro Tem Becca Balint announced yesterday they will make a public apology on behalf of the legislature for Vermont’s state-sanctioned eugenics program on Saturday, October 16 at 3 pm on the State House steps in Montpelier.
“This past session we passed J.R.H.2, a resolution formally and sincerely apologizing to all individual Vermonters, their families, descendants, and communities who were harmed as a result of State-sanctioned eugenics policies and practices. It was a first step in the process of recognizing and holding ourselves accountable for the harmful practices that impacted and traumatized targeted groups during one of the darkest chapters in Vermont’s history.
“As we continue the work to address the impact of these eugenics policies, we believe it is critical that we meet publicly, inviting all Vermonters who wish to attend, and publicly apologize for the role that the legislature had in eugenics practices. It is important that we reflect and acknowledge the impact this had on so many individuals and families, and work to address the continuing impact of these policies on the communities that have historically been marginalized, discriminated against, and displaced in Vermont.”
The event will be recorded and available to those that are unable to attend.