FGM in the US

For more than two decades, underage girls in this country have been federally protected from the horrific practice of female genital mutilation (FGM). The ritualistic cutting or removal of a young girl’s external genitalia is an anachronistic act that occurs mostly in parts of Africa, the Middle East and a few countries in Asia. Last month, during a trial of a Michigan doctor accused of performing FGM on nine minor girls, a federal judge ruled that the law banning FGM is unconstitutional. Now, Congress and the states must act immediately to re-enact FGM protections.

FGM is decried internationally for its cruelty. It is denounced by the World Health Organization (WHO), the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) as a violation of basic human rights and a form of child abuse. At its most basic, this practice is rooted in the desire to control a woman’s sexuality. Physicians worldwide agree that FGM is medically unnecessary, and the procedure poses physical, sexual, and psychological dangers for the young victims. These girls, sometimes only a few days old, are subjected to an act that will have a profound negative effect on their lives.

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December 6, 2018

With female genital mutilation ban gone, we need new legislation to protect at-risk girls – USA Today

For more than two decades, underage girls in this country have been federally protected from the horrific practice […]
December 3, 2018

Update on the First Female Genital Mutilation Case in the U.S.: A stunning development as judge dismisses primary charges against defendants and rules anti-FGM law unconstitutional

In a shocking ruling, the district court judge presiding over the first-ever federally prosecuted case of female genital […]
November 27, 2018

‘US is moving backwards’: female genital mutilation ruling a blow to girls at risk – The Guardian

A historic ruling that declared unconstitutional a US law banning female genital mutilation (FGM), and dropped key charges against practitioners […]
November 8, 2018

Defense tries to toss genital mutilation charges – Detroit News

The image above is a stock image. Detroit — Defense lawyers tried to convince a federal judge Tuesday to […]
November 7, 2018

Update on the First Female Genital Mutilation Case in the U.S.: Judge Grants AHA Foundation’s Motion to File Amicus Curiae Brief

United States of America v. Nagarwala, et al (17-20274) Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court At […]
October 31, 2018

Chandler pushes bill to prosecute female mutilation – Telegram & Gazette

BOSTON — It was 1988 in Sierra Leone, Africa. Four blindfolded sisters under the age of 18, the […]
September 26, 2018

Mutilated brides fetch higher price, group claims – The Detroit News

Detroit — Grooms pay more money for brides who have undergone female genital mutilation, a religious practice central to […]
September 26, 2018

Update on the First Female Genital Mutilation Case in the U.S. – AHA Foundation Files Amicus Brief After Defense Challenges Constitutionality of Anti-FGM Law

AHA Foundation filed an amicus curiae brief this week in support of the federal anti-FGM law after defense […]
September 25, 2018

Why did Twitter allow ad promoting female genital cutting? – WZZM 13

Female genital mutilation has been condemned worldwide. So how did a paid ad promoting female genital cutting of […]
September 20, 2018

Third Girl Dies in Somalia After Genital Mutilation – VOA News

A 10-year-old girl has died in Somalia due to complications from female genital mutilation (FGM). Mumtaz Qorane was […]
September 13, 2018

Feds level new charges in genital mutilation case – The Detroit News

Detroit — Federal prosecutors filed new charges in the nation’s first case involving female genital mutilation, accusing one doctor of […]
September 11, 2018

UK schoolgirls have been pressured by peers to have FGM, campaigner says – CNN

The image above is a stock photo. London (CNN) – Some schoolgirls in the United Kingdom have been pressured […]
September 10, 2018

Genital mutilation case revs up amid grand jury activity – The Detroit News

Detroit — As many as six members of a Muslim sect from India were questioned by a federal grand jury […]
September 4, 2018

AHA Foundation Builds Bipartisan Coalition, Urges Congress to Add Protections Against FGM to VAWA

This summer, the AHA Foundation formed and led a bipartisan network of women’s organizations and survivor/advocates to push […]
August 30, 2018

Time to put a spotlight on an important issue – The News-Gazette

Madeleine Hubbard is a rising junior at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is a fellow of the […]
August 11, 2018

Ayaan Hirsi Ali on Firing Line with Margaret Hoover

Founder of the AHA Foundation, Ayaan Hirsi Ali, was recently interviewed on PBS’s Firing Line, exposing the issue of female […]
July 6, 2018

Why Won’t Massachusetts Pass a Law to Stop FGM? – Fair Observer

They are still not listening to us. The bills and our stories sit on a desk, unheard, undiscussed […]
July 3, 2018

ICE leads effort to prevent female genital mutilation at Newark Airport – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement

NEWARK, NJ – Starting on June 19, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Newark […]
June 19, 2018

Grave consequences – EurekAlert!

FGM has been officially recognised as a human rights violation by the United Nations since 1992. Still, efforts […]
June 13, 2018

Trauma and Female Genital Cutting, Part 3: The Body and the Brain – Sahiyo

This article is Part 3 of a seven-part series on trauma related to Female Genital Cutting. Joanna is a […]