FGM in the USA

Female genital mutilation is happening on US soil—and bans on the practice have gotten weaker, not stronger, reports Milena Mikael-Debass.

American FGM survivors from a range of backgrounds—from African and Asian diaspora communities to white Christian women—have broken their silence. Some say the age-old practice, said to affect 200 million girls worldwide, is far more prevalent in the US than many are willing to believe.

But in December 2018, a 1996 federal FGM ban was ruled unconstitutional by a Michigan district judge—leaving the issue in the hands of individual states, 17 of which have no FGM legislation.


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