The Human Rights and Special Prosecutions Section (HRSP) of the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) investigates and prosecutes occurrences of Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in the U.S. HRSP also engages in inter-agency efforts to improve education and outreach to all stakeholders on this topic. FGM/C is a form of child abuse encompassed within state child protection laws. Certain states and the federal government have enacted laws specifically banning FGM/C. Discussions with representatives of child protection agencies in multiple states revealed most of them were not aware of the risk of FGM/C and/or the applicability of state child abuse laws. This presentation will provide an overview of (FGM/C), including a discussion that defines FGM/C and the medical complications that arise from this harmful practice. The presenters will address: federal and state laws prohibiting FGM/C; the prevalence of FGM/C; the relationship between FGM/C and child abuse; and ethical and cultural issues that arise from the practice. This workshop will be streamed live as scheduled and also be recorded and available On-Demand from August 11, 2020 until December 31, 2020.
Upon completion, participants will be able to define FGM/C and list the reasons FGM/C is performed.
Upon completion, participants will be able to compare the social, cultural, economic, and religious issues associated with FGM/C.
Upon completion, participants will be able to define the prevalence of FGM/C and identify the short and long term health risks for FGM-C.
Upon completion, participants will be aware of the Federal and state laws associated with FGM/C, and be able to identify the association between FGM-C and child abuse.
Upon completion, participants will be able to identify the sensitivities associated with interviewing victims of FGM-C.