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FGM LAWS IN THE

UNITED STATES

FEDERAL LEGISLATION

September 30, 1996, Congress enacted a law that criminalizes the practice of FGM in the United States. The law states that anyone whoever knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who has not attained the age of 18 years shall be fined under this title and/or imprisoned not more than 5 years

In 2013, Congress enacted the Transportation for Female Genital Mutilation Act,specifically prohibiting the act of transporting a girl outside of the United States with the intention of performing FGM, also known as vacation cutting.

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STATE LEGISLATION

There are currently 26 states in the U.S. that criminalize FGM, shown in purple.

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FGM is a crime in:

⦁ Arizona
⦁ California

⦁ Colorado
⦁ Delaware
⦁ Florida
⦁ Georgia
⦁ Illinois
⦁ Kansas
⦁ Louisiana
⦁ Maryland
⦁ Michigan
⦁ Minnesota
⦁ Missouri

⦁ Nevada
⦁ New Jersey
⦁ New York
⦁ North Dakota
⦁ Oklahoma
⦁ Oregon
⦁ Rhode Island
⦁ South Dakota
⦁ Tennessee
⦁ Texas
⦁ Virginia
⦁ West Virginia
⦁ Wisconsin

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GWPF’s Current Advocacy Work

GWPF has been actively engaged in promoting states adoption of state policies that criminalize the practice of FGM.

GWPF staff has worked closely with Virginia Senator, Richard Black since 2016 to write and advocate for a bill that criminalizes the practice of FGM. In 2017, the Virginia Senate passed a bill making the practice of FGM a class 1 misdemeanor. GWPF has continued to work with Senator Black to increase the penalty from a class 1 misdemeanor to a class 2 felony.

In 2018, SB 47 bill passed prohibiting anyone who knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the labia majora, labia minora, or clitoris of a minor, any parent or guardian who knowingly consents to the circumcision, excision, or infibulation of their daughter, or for any parent or guardian who knowingly transports their daughter outside of the U.S. with the intention to perform FGM a class 2 felony.

Virginia Bill SB 1060 (This is a link to the pdf version of Virginia Bill SB 1060)
Virginia Bill SB 47 (This is a link to the pdf version of Virginia Bill SB 47)

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Angela Peabody and Senator Richard Black

Fatu Drame, Senator Richard Black, Angela Peabody, Angela Spanu