More than 200.000 girls are currently threatened by FGM. The number increased by 35% in the last years. Many of these girls live in the greater New York City metropolitan area. Female Genital Mutilation is practiced on US soil covert in illegal ceremonies, performed by traditional practitioners, or by health care providers.
President Obama has signed the “Transport for FGM act” which criminalizes the transportation of girls to undergo FGM.
Waris Dirie: “We know about cases in the US and we reported regularly on our website. But 200.000 girls currently threatened by FGM are shocking. I urgently call on the US-Government and the states to take serious actions to protect innocent girls from this brutal crime.”
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