U.S. visa loophole enables child marriage, Pennsylvania House of Representatives passes FGM bill after five years, Psychology students at U.S. universities lack training on addressing traumas of honor violence, and a child marriage survivor speaks out.
Representative Tom Murt has put forward a bill every year since 2013 in attempts to criminalize female genital mutilation (FGM) in Pennsylvania. Earlier this month, through a bipartisan effort, the House of Representatives voted to pass the bill influenced largly by AHA Foundation’s model legislation. Regrettably, time constraints prevented the bill from being voted upon in the Senate. However, AHA Foundation is confident that an anti-FGM bill will be proposed for consideration next spring.
This month we shared the message of Sherry Johnson, a child marriage survivor and advocate. Sherry wants Americans to know that the child abuse she survived is still ongoing and hurts children across our country. Zero tolerance is the only acceptable solution. Read her story here.
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