AHA Foundation’s Senior Director Amanda Parker co-wrote with Andrea Bottner a call to stand up against the injustice of female genital mutilation (FGM) in the U.S. Read an excerpt and find the link to the article below.
The Strengthening the Opposition to Female Genital Mutilation Act of 2020, or STOP FGM Act of 2020, became law in January 2021 and gave vulnerable young women and girls more vital protection from the pain and lifelong consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM).
This bipartisan legislation increased federal penalties for committing this heinous practice, expanded the scope of punishable offenses, and required government agencies to submit an annual report to Congress about the estimated number of U.S. women and girls who have undergone or are at risk of FGM in the United States. Young women have been kept safer due to this law, but much more must be done in our states.
Read the full story here.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense