You may have heard about Female Genital Mutilation or Cutting (FGM/C), the practice of partial or total removal of the external female genitalia or other injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons. But were you aware that a rapidly growing number of girls in the U.S., ages 0-15, are at risk of being subjected to FGM/C? The Center for Disease Control estimates that over ½ million girls in the U.S. are at risk of being cut – a number that has more tripled in 25 years. The majority of these girls are located in areas with large populations of immigrants from countries that practice FGM/C: Los Angeles, San Diego; New York City area; Washington D.C. area; Seattle; Detroit; Minneapolis/St. Paul; Atlanta; Dallas/Houston; Miami; Columbus, Ohio, Boston and Chicago.
ASHA is partnering with the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice to present a webinar that will tell you what you need to know to spot girls at risk and to keep girls safe from this harmful and illegal practice. The webinar will provide information about the practice of FGM/C, who is most at risk, and how to assess the threat of FGM/C and work with law enforcement to prevent the procedure. Register today!