Activists Bring Attention To Female Genital Cutting Among U.S. Residents
New York Times: A Fight as U.S. Girls Face Genital Cutting Abroad
“…During [summer trips back to their ancestral homes], some girls are swept into bedrooms or backwoods and subjected to genital cutting in the belief that it will prevent promiscuity, ready them for marriage or otherwise align them with the ideals of their culture. ‘Vacation cutting,’ as the practice is deemed by those who oppose it, has existed in immigrant enclaves around the world for decades. Federal law has banned genital cutting in the United States since 1996, and last year it became illegal to transport girls for that purpose. But some are concerned that such cutting could be on the rise…” (Turkewitz, 6/10).