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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

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Each One Reach One 2 In-Laws conversation guide

Photo credit: Sahiyo  Bohra households are of various types; some may be liberal, some conservative and some in-between. Conversations with elders, especially parents and in-laws, can be challenging due to sensitive and controversial nature of the practice of khatna. Keeping this in… View More

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Mosque denies paying for FGM

The Farmington Hills mosque whose members have been charged in a female genital mutilation scandal denied allegations Wednesday that it paid to have the procedure performed on girls. In a letter, the Anjuman-e-Najmi mosque called the accusation, made during a custody hearing Tuesday by attorney Cynthia Nunez, false.   Read more… View More