Honor Violence

United States of America v. Nagarwala, et al (17-20274)

Eastern District of Michigan United States District Court

At the start of November, the district court judge presiding over the first federal female genital mutilation (FGM) case involving a physician-administered procedure on girls in the U.S., granted AHA Foundation’s motion to file an amicus curiae (friend of the court) brief in support of the U.S. government’s position affirming the constitutionality of the federal law.

In July 2018, defense attorneys in the landmark FGM case submitted a motion to dismiss five counts of the then-latest indictment, asserting that Congress lacked authority to enact the law. AHA Foundation responded by submitting a motion to file an amicus curiae brief, arguing that the anti-FGM law is constitutional pursuant to the Commerce Clause and treaty obligations, and that Congress had the authority to enact the law. Read our amicus brief here.

More information on the latest developments in the trial can be found here.

AHA Foundation will continue to monitor the trial and bring updates as they come.

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 17, 2018

Doctoral Student Calls Out Dangerous Gap in U.S. Psychology Programs

Sheriece Hooks is currently a student in clinical psychology, and holds both a M.A. in clinical psychology from […]
August 28, 2018

Another Case of Honor Violence Takes Lives in Texas

To respect confidentiality of the survivor, those imaged above are neither the perpetrator nor survivor described in this […]
August 24, 2018

Young widow at center of Houston ‘honor killings’ speaks out to raise awareness – Houston Chronicle

The photo is a stock photo. Nesreen Irsan finally had a night without nightmares. The 30-year-old widow at […]
August 21, 2018

Jordanian patriarch facing death in Houston ‘honor killings’ praised 9/11 attacks – Houston Chronicle

The image above is a stock photo. A Jordanian immigrant facing the death penalty in Houston praised Osama […]
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 19, 2018

Child Abuse Expert on Pediatrician’s Role in Preventing Female Genital Mutilation in the United States

Dr. Frasier is an internationally recognized child abuse expert. As one of few medical experts in the United […]
July 16, 2018

Britain holds memorial day for ‘honor killing’ victims – Reuters

LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Britain will hold a memorial day on Saturday to remember the victims of […]
June 21, 2018

The Horrors of Honor Violence in the West – the Algemeiner

The photo above is a stock photo and not the girl in the story. She was a 15-year-old […]
May 25, 2018

Why Eradicating Female Genital Mutilation in the U.S. Must Be a Bipartisan Effort

 Representative Chang with the bipartisan group that worked to pass Michigan’s anti-FGM legislation. The AHA Foundation is unfortunately […]
May 21, 2018

Female Genital Mutilation Report – Media Release

MEDIA RELEASE For immediate release – Monday, May 21st 2018 New report shows which states are worst performers […]
March 27, 2018

A Survivor Shares: When Female Genital Cutting Occurs, Childhood Ends and Trauma Begins

** Please note the photo above is a stock photo and not a photo of the survivor. It […]
February 20, 2018

By Educating Legislators Across the Nation, Alex Still Helps Protect Girls in the U.S. from FGM

AHA Foundation: Alexandra Still is our Program and Policy Associate. Alex researches cultural practices that harm women and girls in […]
January 7, 2018

In south India, a 20-year-old survivor of honor killing turns crusader – Reuters

CHENNAI, India (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Kausalya and her husband of eight months were shown no mercy when […]
December 20, 2017

AHA Foundation 2017 Annual Report
Celebrating 10 Years of Life-Saving Work
and Revealing the Vision for the Next Ten Years

Ten years ago, Ayaan Hirsi Ali founded the AHA Foundation to protect women and girls from honor violence […]
October 30, 2017

Representative Dave Trott Fights for Stronger Legislation Against Female Genital Mutilation, “I want to ensure our girls are safe”

The AHA Foundation was honored to sit down with Representative Dave Trott’s office last month to discuss the […]
September 20, 2017

A Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow is Not Afraid to Do the Right Thing to Combat Forced Marriage

Laura Vidal, Winston Churchill Memorial Trust Fellow Laura Vidal is a Social Worker with a Masters in Human […]
September 20, 2017

After Honor Killing of Noor Almaleki, Ending Honor Violence in the U.S. Became Detective Boughey’s Life Purpose

This month, the AHA Foundation sat down with Detective Chris Boughey of the Peoria Police Department to discuss […]
July 19, 2017

Books that Have Inspired Us: AHA’s Summer Reading Recommendations

A good book can take you into another person’s world. At the AHA Foundation we encourage supporters to […]
June 22, 2017

U.S. Campuses Harbor Censorship, Obstruct Free Speech in Battle of Ideas

Zouhair giving a speech at his university. By Zouhair Mazouz, Director of Campus Initiatives at the AHA Foundation […]