“Silence is an accomplice to injustice.”Ayaan Hirsi Ali
Ayaan Hirsi Ali, Founder of The AHA Foundation
The AHA Foundation advocates to expand and strengthen federal and state laws in the US that help protect women and girls from female genital mutilation (FGM), honor violence, forced marriage and other issues that impact the well-being and threaten lives of women and girls.
You can help us by lending your voice to our advocacy campaigns.
STOP FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (FGM) IN THE US
Bill That Can Tackle the IssueThe Zero Tolerance for FGM Act of 2015 (H.R. 783) If passed, this legislation would require the US to conduct a national study on the prevalence of FGM and develop a multi-agency strategy to prevent and respond to FGM in the US. Such a strategy could establish important tools such as a national hotline for girls seeking assistance and resources for teachers, healthcare workers and law enforcement.
Take ActionContact your Representative today to urge him/her to cosponsor H.R.783 and support the legislation when it comes to a vote.
Despite federal law banning FGM in the US, including “vacation cuttings”, hundreds of thousands of girls and women face the threat of FGM.
HELP PREVENT VIOLENCEAGAINST WOMEN GLOBALLY
Bill That Can Tackle the IssueThe International Violence Against Women Act (H.R.1340 and S.713) If passed, this legislation would require the US to establish a multi-agency strategy to respond to and prevent violence against women and girls globally, including FGM and child marriage. Efforts to end gender-based violence abroad help to end harmful traditional practices that put girls from immigrant communities in the US at risk, such as FGM and forced/child marriage.
Take ActionContact your Senators and Representative today to urge them to cosponsor the International Violence Against Women Act and support the legislation when it comes to a vote.
Living in constant threat from harmful traditional practices, FGM, honor violence and child marriage, is a reality for women and girls in immigrant communities in the US.
AHA Foundation former Executive Director Stephanie Baric, speaks out against forced marriage at a rally in Union Square, NYC.
Laws and policies relating to honor violence, including honor violence, female genital mutilation (FGM) and forced marriage, play a critical role in preventing and responding to honor violence.
YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
MASSACHUSSETS RESIDENTS: HELP CRIMINALIZE FGM IN YOUR STATE
Bill That Can Tackle the IssueMassachusetts Senate Bill SD1466 and Massachusetts House Bill HD2873 The AHA Foundation is currently advising and providing support to the Massachusetts Women’s Bar Association Task Force to Ban Female Genital Mutilation on their bill to criminalize FGM. The legislation was filed in January of 2017.
Take ActionMassachusetts residents, please urge your representatives to co-sponsor and pass this bill without delay. You can view our sample letter here and find your State Legislators here.
There is currently no state law in Massachusetts that specifically outlaws FGM.
PENNSYLVANIA RESIDENTS: HELP CRIMINALIZE FGM IN YOUR STATE
Bill That Can Tackle the IssuePennsylvania House Bill H.B. 135 State Representative Thomas Murt has reintroduced legislation in the Pennsylvania House to ban FGM in the state. The AHA Foundation thanks Representative Murt for his continued leadership on this issue.
Take ActionPennsylvania residents, please urge your State Senator and State Representative to pass this bill without delay. You can view our sample letter here and find your State Legislators here.
There is currently no state law in Pennsylvania that specifically outlaws FGM.
NEW JERSEY RESIDENTS: HELP STOP CHILD MARRIAGE IN YOUR STATE
Gaps in New Jersey state law make child marriage possible.
Children ages 16 and 17 can marry with parental consent, and children aged 15 or younger can marry with judicial approval. Within the current legal framework, there is no minimum age below which a judge can no longer approve a marriage, nor are there any criteria that a marriage involving a minor below the age of 15 must meet to be eligible for judicial approval. Furthermore, judges have the power to approve marriages with spousal age differences constituting statutory rape. There is no mechanism in place to ensure that the required parental consent is not in fact parental coercion.
Bill That Can Tackle the IssueNew Jersey Assembly Bill 3091 A3091 eliminates exceptions to the marriage age, and reserves marriage, a serious legal contract, for those who have reached the age of majority.