The 11 States That Risk Becoming Destinations for Performing FGM

Eleven 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:

Alabama - Dead in the Senate

Alaska - Ignoring Girls At Risk
Connecticut - Fails at Protecting Girls Year After Year
Hawaii - Dead on Arrival
Indiana - No Interest in Protecting Girls from Genital Mutilation
Maine - Politicians Stay Partisan in the Face of Girls At Risk of FGM
Mississippi - Complacency Leaves Girls At Risk
Montana - Lack of Awareness Leads to Lack of Action

Nebraska - Inaction of Legislators is Unacceptable
New Mexico - Legislators Ignore Girls At Risk

Washington - Legislators Keep Ignoring the Largest At Risk Population
D.C. - U.S. Capitol Still Lacks Anti-FGM Legislation

*Estimate is for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria metropolitan statistical area. Arlington and Alexandria located in the bordering state of Virginia.

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.

Other blogs from AHA Foundation:

Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Female genital mutilation and what we’re really talking about beneath the weasel words ‘genital cutting’
Fake News on FGM—Five Myths used to justify Female Genital Mutilation


  1. The AHA Foundation says:


    Thank you so much for asking about how you can help. In a state like Washington, it’s people like you who are going to make the difference. Truly, the first step is raising local awareness with your representatives and teaching them about FGM and how it is being ignored in their state. Representative Shelly Kloba introduced an Anti-FGM bill last year that gained little attraction. Making sure Rep. Kloba is still interested in pursuing that bill is a good start while also contacting other legislatures who may be willing to back her bill as well. The more support it can get, the more traction it will gain.

    Here are some links you can send these legislators to help give them an idea of how prevalent FGM is:

  2. Jinne says:

    I live in WA state. What can I do to help.

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