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Many women in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM

In the U.S., more than 500,000 women and girls have undergone or are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Typically, women and girls are subjected to FGM before moving to the U.S., or if born in the U.S., they could be in serious danger of being subjected to it during vacations to their families’ countries of origin -- a practice known as “vacation cutting.” With the closing of U.S. schools for the summer, we are right now in the middle of this dangerous “cutting season."

Performed around the world -- most often on girls under the age of nine -- FGM involves the removal and damage of healthy normal female genital tissue for non-medical reasons, leading to severe and lifelong health consequences, and sometimes, death. It is frequently rationalized as a rite of passage into womanhood and a prerequisite to marriage, but in reality, is a human rights violation used to control girls’ and women’s sexuality.

Federal U.S. laws and policies recognize FGM as an extreme form of violence against women and girls, and in 2014 the government publicly re-committed to ending FGM domestically and abroad. Since then, several U.S. agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Education, Homeland Security  and State have taken steps to live up to these commitments and raise awareness on the issue. We applaud these efforts of those agencies and want to make sure that the work to protect at-risk women and girls continues during this Administration and beyond.

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Eliminating FGM in the U.S. requires a comprehensive government-wide strategy that includes continued engagement with survivors, diaspora and local civil society organizations; education and provision of support and services to survivors at federal, state and local levels; and sustainable Congressional funding. Federal agencies also need to encourage and support state efforts to end FGM at local levels. Currently, only 24 states have a law against FGM, and not all of them have closed the loophole for “vacation cutting.” States need to enact and strengthen laws to reflect federal law so that at-risk women and girls can access protections and support at local levels.

What You Can Do: 

Please join Equality Now and Safe Hands for Girls in calling to protect at-risk women and girls in the U.S. and to ensure much-needed support and services for those living with the consequences of FGM.

Call on President Trump and all relevant federal agencies to ensure efforts to address FGM are sustainable in the long-term.

If you live in the United States, check whether your state has a law against FGM. If not, please contact your state representatives and urge them to enact laws and policies in line with the federal anti-FGM law. Find your state representatives hereand use our letter or one of your own.

Know the facts - learn more about FGM in the U.S.

Help spread the word! Share this campaign and the following messages (you can also share messages from Equality Now’s Twitter and Facebook):

26 US states still have NO Law to #EndFGM. Support @equalitynow and TAKE ACTION here: http://tinyurl.com/ng663hq

Based in the US? Check @equalitynow's infographic to see if your state has a law to #EndFGM: http://tinyurl.com/q9qg3ju

Call on @POTUS to ensure efforts to #EndFGM are comprehensive & long-term. TAKE ACTION: http://tinyurl.com/ng663hq

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Letters should go to:

President Donald J Trump
Office of the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Email: president@whitehouse.gov
Twitter: @POTUS

Cc: 
Tina Tchen, Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls (cwg@who.eop.gov)

Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women (vaw@ovp.eop.gov)

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services (Sylvia.Burwell@hhs.gov)

León Rodríguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov)

Teresa McHenry, Chief, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Department of Justice (teresa.mchenry@usdoj.gov)

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education (arne.duncan@ed.gov)

Cathy Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (keittvp2@state.gov)

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Dear President Trump, 

I thank you for, and also urge you to continue, your work to protect women and girls in the U.S. who are at risk of  or who are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM—the cutting or removal of external female genitalia—violates girls’ and women’s rights to equality, life, security, dignity, and freedom from discrimination and torture. According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, up to 513,000 girls and women in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM! 

The U.S. made several commitments to address FGM domestically and abroad, and U.S. laws and policies recognize FGM as a human rights violation and extreme form of violence against girls and women. I applaud your efforts and those of other U.S. agencies to live up to those commitments and to end FGM in the U.S. I also want to make sure that the work to protect at-risk women and girls continues during this Administration and beyond. Eliminating FGM in the U.S. requires a comprehensive government-wide strategy that will last beyond this administration. Each of the agencies working to address FGM also need sustainable Congressional funding in order to continue their efforts, including engaging with survivors, diaspora and local civil society organizations, as well as encouraging and supporting state efforts to end FGM at local levels across the U.S.

I urge you to protect at-risk women and girls in the U.S. and to provide much-needed support and services for those living with the consequences of FGM, all sustainable in the long-term. 

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

 

Letter to state representatives:

Dear   , 

I urge you to stand up for women and girls in your state and ensure they are protected from female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM—the cutting or removal of external female genitalia—violates girls’ and women’s rights to equality, life, security, dignity, and freedom from discrimination and torture. According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, up to 513,000 girls and women in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM. 

U.S. laws and policies recognize female genital mutilation (FGM) as a human rights violation and extreme form of violence against girls and women. Legislation criminalizing the practice as well as taking a child outside the country to perform it – a practice known as “vacation cutting” – coupled with education and awareness raising are critical in order to protect women and girls in the U.S. who are at risk of FGM or who are living with its consequences in the U.S. 

Federal law prohibits performing FGM in the U.S. or vacation cutting. But currently only 24 states have a law against FGM, and not all of them have closed the loophole for “vacation cutting.” I call on you to review your state’s legislation to ensure your state’s law is in line with federal law and also that your state’s policies provide for education and awareness raising on FGM at the local level. If needed, please take the lead in drafting and introducing relevant legislation to strengthen your state’s laws and policies so that at-risk women and girls can access protections and support at local levels. This will send a strong message that your state is committed to protecting human rights and preventing violence against women and girls.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

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Monday, July 20, 2015
Letters Sent (Auto): 
11854
All Letters Sent (Auto): 
11854

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Many women in the U.S. are at risk of undergoing FGM

In the U.S., more than 500,000 women and girls have undergone or are at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM). Typically, women and girls are subjected to FGM before moving to the U.S., or if born in the U.S., they could be in serious danger of being subjected to it during vacations to their families’ countries of origin -- a practice known as “vacation cutting.” With the closing of U.S. schools for the summer, we are right now in the middle of this dangerous “cutting season."

Performed around the world -- most often on girls under the age of nine -- FGM involves the removal and damage of healthy normal female genital tissue for non-medical reasons, leading to severe and lifelong health consequences, and sometimes, death. It is frequently rationalized as a rite of passage into womanhood and a prerequisite to marriage, but in reality, is a human rights violation used to control girls’ and women’s sexuality.

Federal U.S. laws and policies recognize FGM as an extreme form of violence against women and girls, and in 2014 the government publicly re-committed to ending FGM domestically and abroad. Since then, several U.S. agencies, including the Departments of Health and Human Services, Justice, Education, Homeland Security  and State have taken steps to live up to these commitments and raise awareness on the issue. We applaud these efforts of those agencies and want to make sure that the work to protect at-risk women and girls continues during this Administration and beyond.

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Eliminating FGM in the U.S. requires a comprehensive government-wide strategy that includes continued engagement with survivors, diaspora and local civil society organizations; education and provision of support and services to survivors at federal, state and local levels; and sustainable Congressional funding. Federal agencies also need to encourage and support state efforts to end FGM at local levels. Currently, only 24 states have a law against FGM, and not all of them have closed the loophole for “vacation cutting.” States need to enact and strengthen laws to reflect federal law so that at-risk women and girls can access protections and support at local levels.

What You Can Do: 

Please join Equality Now and Safe Hands for Girls in calling to protect at-risk women and girls in the U.S. and to ensure much-needed support and services for those living with the consequences of FGM.

Call on President Trump and all relevant federal agencies to ensure efforts to address FGM are sustainable in the long-term.

If you live in the United States, check whether your state has a law against FGM. If not, please contact your state representatives and urge them to enact laws and policies in line with the federal anti-FGM law. Find your state representatives hereand use our letter or one of your own.

Know the facts - learn more about FGM in the U.S.

Help spread the word! Share this campaign and the following messages (you can also share messages from Equality Now’s Twitter and Facebook):

26 US states still have NO Law to #EndFGM. Support @equalitynow and TAKE ACTION here: http://tinyurl.com/ng663hq

Based in the US? Check @equalitynow's infographic to see if your state has a law to #EndFGM: http://tinyurl.com/q9qg3ju

Call on @POTUS to ensure efforts to #EndFGM are comprehensive & long-term. TAKE ACTION: http://tinyurl.com/ng663hq

TAKE ACTION NOW! 

Letters should go to:

President Donald J Trump
Office of the President
The White House
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20500
United States of America
Email: president@whitehouse.gov
Twitter: @POTUS

Cc: 
Tina Tchen, Executive Director, White House Council on Women and Girls (cwg@who.eop.gov)

Caroline “Carrie” Bettinger-Lopez, White House Advisor on Violence Against Women (vaw@ovp.eop.gov)

Sylvia Mathews Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services (Sylvia.Burwell@hhs.gov)

León Rodríguez, Director, U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, Department of Homeland Security (Public.Engagement@uscis.dhs.gov)

Teresa McHenry, Chief, Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section, Department of Justice (teresa.mchenry@usdoj.gov)

Arne Duncan, Secretary of Education (arne.duncan@ed.gov)

Cathy Russell, Ambassador-at-Large for Global Women’s Issues (keittvp2@state.gov)

Dear President Trump, 

I thank you for, and also urge you to continue, your work to protect women and girls in the U.S. who are at risk of  or who are living with the consequences of female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM—the cutting or removal of external female genitalia—violates girls’ and women’s rights to equality, life, security, dignity, and freedom from discrimination and torture. According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, up to 513,000 girls and women in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM! 

The U.S. made several commitments to address FGM domestically and abroad, and U.S. laws and policies recognize FGM as a human rights violation and extreme form of violence against girls and women. I applaud your efforts and those of other U.S. agencies to live up to those commitments and to end FGM in the U.S. I also want to make sure that the work to protect at-risk women and girls continues during this Administration and beyond. Eliminating FGM in the U.S. requires a comprehensive government-wide strategy that will last beyond this administration. Each of the agencies working to address FGM also need sustainable Congressional funding in order to continue their efforts, including engaging with survivors, diaspora and local civil society organizations, as well as encouraging and supporting state efforts to end FGM at local levels across the U.S.

I urge you to protect at-risk women and girls in the U.S. and to provide much-needed support and services for those living with the consequences of FGM, all sustainable in the long-term. 

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,

 

Letter to state representatives:

Dear   , 

I urge you to stand up for women and girls in your state and ensure they are protected from female genital mutilation (FGM). FGM—the cutting or removal of external female genitalia—violates girls’ and women’s rights to equality, life, security, dignity, and freedom from discrimination and torture. According to a 2016 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study, up to 513,000 girls and women in the U.S. have undergone or are at risk of being subjected to FGM. 

U.S. laws and policies recognize female genital mutilation (FGM) as a human rights violation and extreme form of violence against girls and women. Legislation criminalizing the practice as well as taking a child outside the country to perform it – a practice known as “vacation cutting” – coupled with education and awareness raising are critical in order to protect women and girls in the U.S. who are at risk of FGM or who are living with its consequences in the U.S. 

Federal law prohibits performing FGM in the U.S. or vacation cutting. But currently only 24 states have a law against FGM, and not all of them have closed the loophole for “vacation cutting.” I call on you to review your state’s legislation to ensure your state’s law is in line with federal law and also that your state’s policies provide for education and awareness raising on FGM at the local level. If needed, please take the lead in drafting and introducing relevant legislation to strengthen your state’s laws and policies so that at-risk women and girls can access protections and support at local levels. This will send a strong message that your state is committed to protecting human rights and preventing violence against women and girls.

Thank you for your attention.

Yours sincerely,