Press Release: Maine Legislature Called to Ban FGM, as Evidence Mounts of Its Barbaric Effects

Actor with Maine Roots, Kelly Carlson, Joins State’s Prosecutors in Bipartisan Effort to #EndFGMToday Washington, D.C.—Tomorrow, the Maine State Legislature will have the opportunity to vote on a bipartisan bill that would ban in that state a barbaric practice known as female genital mutilation (FGM). At issue is whether lawmakers…

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Feds expand female genital mutilation probe to three major US cities

Federal agents are investigating additional targets in Los Angeles, Chicago, and New York as part of a probe into the spread of the use of female genital mutilation, according to a report Tuesday. A grand jury investigation had originally focused on girls in Michigan and Minnesota, but new court documents…

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Female genital mutilation practitioners are travelling to Canada, border officers warned

Practitioners of female genital mutilation are believed to be entering Canada to perform the illegal procedure on girls, according to intelligence reports distributed to frontline border officers. The reports obtained by Global News show the Canada Border Services Agency has been on the alert for the arrival of travelling “PFGMs,”…

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ICE launches program targeting female genital mutilation

ICE has launched an outreach program targeting female genital mutilation (FGM) at JFK Airport to safeguard young women from the outlawed practice, according to an ICE news release. The pilot program, called “Operation Limelight USA,” aims to “Safeguard and prevent young girls from being subjected to FGM by informing passengers travelling…

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Advocates criticize legislators’ lack of concern of issue of FGM

Following the arrest of two physicians in Detroit last April for performing female genital mutilation (FGM), people have been calling for the practice to be banned in the U.S. However, some states are slow in enacting laws to this effect while a civil liberties group is working against its prohibition.…

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