“Silence is an accomplice to injustice."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali

“Silence is an accomplice to injustice."

Ayaan Hirsi Ali
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Ayaan Hirsi Ali,
Founder of AHA Foundation

OUR ADVOCACY CAMPAIGNS

LEND YOUR VOICE
TO PROTECT WOMEN AND GIRLS

AHA Foundation works to protect women and girls in the U.S. from female genital mutilation (FGM), child and forced marriage, and honor violence by advocating to expand and strengthen federal and state laws.

Download our Ban FGM Legislative Toolkit which has all the essential information and resources to help ban FGM in every state in the U.S.

FEDERAL LEGISLATION


URGE YOUR SENATORS TO SUPPORT THE HUMAN RIGHTS VIOLATORS ACT OF 2022

Bill to Support

S.4021, the Human Rights Violators Act of 2022, seeks to establish that those who have participated in human rights abuses, such as female genital mutilation, are ineligible for entry to the U.S. and deportable.


Take Action

Please urge your senators to support S.4021, the Human Rights Violators Act of 2022, and ensure that human rights abusers are not allowed entry into the US.


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STATE LEGISLATION

STATE LEGISLATION AGAINST FGM


WHY WE NEED
STATE LEGISLATION AGAINST FGM



Strong legislation against FGM:


  • Sends a STRONG MESSAGE THAT FGM WILL NOT BE TOLERATED in the state
  • GIVES PROSECUTORS THE TOOLS and access to resources to bring perpetrators to justice
  • Signals to state prosecutors that FGM IS A CRIME that must be prosecuted
  • Fills gaps in federal legislation such as EDUCATION AND OUTREACH TARGETED TO AT RISK COMMUNITIES and the professionals likely to encounter girls at risk of FGM
  • PREVENTS GIRLS BEING TRAFFICKED ACROSS STATE BORDERS to perform FGM

CHECK THE STATUS AND STRENGTH OF ANTI-FGM LEGISLATION IN YOUR STATE

STATE LEGISLATION AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS:
URGE SENATE MAJORITY LEADER SHIRKEY TO BRING THE BILL TO END CHILD MARRIAGE IN MICHIGAN FOR A VOTE

How to tackle the Issue:

SB 1114-1123 would end all child marriage in Michigan, without exception. The Senate bill passed out of the Senate Committee on Judiciary and Public Safety committee unanimously in November and now the bill package needs to be brought for a vote on the Senate floor.


Take action:

Michigan residents, please urge Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey to bring the bill for a vote on the Senate floor. Please also urge Senate President Pro Tempore Nesbitt to urge Majority Leader Shirkey to bring the bill for a vote.


CONTACT SENATOR SHIRKEY CONTACT SENATE PRESIDENT NESBITT

MICHIGAN RESIDENTS:
URGE CHAIR WAKEMEN IN THE HOUSE TO SCHEDULE A HEARING ON THE BILLS THAT WOULD END CHILD MARRIAGE

How to tackle the Issue:

HB4226-HB4229 would end all child marriage in Michigan, without expection. The bill package awaits hearing in the Committee on Families, Children and Seniors.


Take action:

Michigan residents, please urge Chairman Rodney Wakemen, of the Committee on Families, Children and Seniors, to schedule a hearing on this legislation without delay.


Letter sample CONTACT CHAIRMAN WAKEMAN

Between 2000 and 2018, approximately 297,033 children were legally married in the U.S. A few were as young as 10.*

WHY DO WE NEED STATE LEGISLATION AGAINST CHILD MARRIAGE

  • Marriage laws are set by the state, and often contain loopholes, like parental or judicial consent, that make it possible for children to be entered into marriage.
  • Child marriage is a recognized human rights abuse. States should not be a party to the abuse of minors.
  • Each of the 297,000 children who’ve been married in the U.S. was granted a marriage license. The solution is simple: change the laws and end this harmful practice.
  • Child marriage undermines statutory rape laws: some 60,000 marriages since 2000 occurred at an age or spousal age difference that should have been considered a sex crime.*
  • State Legislation prevents girls from being victimized and married off, which jeopardizes their health and robs them of their education and economic freedom.
*Child Marriage in the United States: Prevalence and Implications, https://www.jahonline.org/article/S1054-139X(21)00341-4/fulltext#relatedArticles.

Laws and policies against FGM, forced and child marriage, and honor violence, play a critical role in protecting women and girls against these abuses in the U.S.



YOUR VOICE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

“Tolerance of intolerance is cowardice”


Ayaan Hirsi Ali