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Michigan Rep wants to toughen Federal penalty for FGM

July 20, 2017: Birmingham Rep. Dave Trott proposes "to make female genital mutilation a 15-year crime nationwide, matching a tough new Michigan penalty signed into law earlier this month". This act is called the Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation (SAFE) Act and would raise the current federal prison time of… View More

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Judge keeps doctor jailed in Detroit FGM case

Dr. Jumana Nagarwala of Northville is a flight risk because she is facing charges that could send her to federal prison for the rest of her life and because she has ties overseas, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman said. Nagarwala, a U.S. citizen and mother of four children with family in India and Africa, is scheduled to stand trial Oct. 10 with five others in the nation’s first federal case involving female genital… View More

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Detroit FGM probe widens as deportation fears mount

July 18, 2017 - The grand jury investigation of female genital mutilation has spread to at least three more states as federal agents have identified new targets, according to federal court records. The targets live in Los Angeles, Chicago and New York, according to federal court records and interviews with people close to a criminal case that, until now, was focused solely on conduct involving girls from Michigan and… View More

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State of Michigan passes stringent anti-FGM laws

A series of new laws passed in Michigan strengthen penalties for female genital mutilation practices in the state. Performing FGM or transporting another person in the state for the purpose of undergoing FGM will be punishable by up to 15 years in prison, 10 years more than the federal penalty for the crime. The new legislation comes only a few months after the state became the backdrop for the first federal case involving FGM in the… View More

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Each One Reach One 2 Friends Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 32 Khatna has been happening for generations but it’s almost never talked about.  Now that it is in the news and all over social media, start a conversation with your friends as part of #EachOneReachOne2. Here are some questions to get the conversation flowing: Between… View More

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Each One Reach One 2 Non-Bohra Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 29 Having conversations about Khatna with non-Bohras: A Bohra woman shares her experience of talking about Khatna with a non-Bohra friend --- "My non-Bohra friend recently… View More

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A Backlash on Speaking Out About Mutilation

Alifya Sulemanji  When Alifya (Ally) Sulemanji first disclosed on Facebook that she opposed female genital cutting, she got unfriended by a handful of women in her religious community. But the backlash got worse. Now, says the New York activist, some women at her mosque won't… View More

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Each One Reach One 2 Sister Brother Conversation Guide

Each One Reach One 2 - Day 25  Sister Brother conversation guide Family is a good place to start the conversation about khatna. They are your support when you make important choices in life. Brothers can be confidantes at times on things that are difficult to explain or rationalize with your parents. Here… View More

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US Genital Mutilation Scandal Widens to Include Mothers

June 21, 2017  “Two mothers were indicted Wednesday and accused of participating in a widening conspiracy....Arif and Dahodwala were arraigned in federal court Wednesday, ordered to wear GPS tethers and released on $10,000 unsecured bonds. The women, whose ages and hometowns were not available, are not U.S. citizens and were ordered to surrender their Indian passports.”   Read… View More

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Each One Reach One 2 Father Daughter Conversation Guide

Photo credit: SahiyoHaving a conversation on khatna with your father can be challenging for all sorts of reasons, from the notion that one reason khatna is done is to control a woman’s sexuality, to the fact that within the Bohra community, sexuality is not a topic women speak of to… View More