FGM LAWS IN THE
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.
FGM is a crime in:
⦁ New Jersey
⦁ New York
⦁ North Dakota
⦁ Rhode Island
⦁ South Dakota
⦁ West Virginia
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.
Angela Peabody and Senator Richard Black
Fatu Drame, Senator Richard Black, Angela Peabody, Angela Spanu