Twelve states and Washington, D.C. continuously fail to protect women and girls from female genital mutilation (FGM). Horrifically, these states run the risk of becoming cutting destinations for girls that reside in states where FGM is banned. Some states have failed multiple times, while others have never even tried to ban FGM within their borders.
Look below to see if your state lacks an anti-FGM law, and why their efforts to criminalize FGM are failing:
These numbers of girls at-risk have been calculated by the Population Reference Bureau. Based on their methodology used to calculate the number of girls at-risk, we believe this is an underestimate, and that many more girls are actually at-risk. Please reach out to your legislators if you live in one of these areas, and help garner support. We must put a law in place in every state by the end of 2020.