Link: Immigrant girls at risk of genital mutilation during vacation at parent country [ShetizenJournalist.com]
Link: Equality Now Media Advisory June 3 2010 [Equality Now]
Although FGM was banned in the US by federal law in 1996, many girls have remained at risk during visits home to their parent countries. Now, a significant bipartisan initiative hopes to close this loophole and “would make it a federal crime to transport a minor outside the United States for the purpose of female genital mutilation”. Democratic congressman for New York Joseph Crowley and Republican congresswoman for California Mary Bono Mack have introduced “The Girls Protection Act” (H.R. 5137) and will hold a press conference at the New York Women’s Foundation tomorrow morning to highlight this new legislative effort to combat the practice of FGM. They will be joined by representatives from Equality Now and Sanctuary for Families.