Concerned about female genital mutilation in the American refugee population?

The federal Office of Refugee Resettlement has sent out an announcement about a US Justice Department webinar on how to stop FGM in populations of refugees coming from certain African and Middle Eastern countries.

Before learning how you can get on the webinar, remember this story and map:

 

 

 

Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting (FGM/C) in the United States

On March 18, 2015, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET, the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will host “Keeping Kids Safe:  Preventing Female Genital Mutilation/Cutting in the United States.”  Experts from the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education, Sanctuary for Families, and Johns Hopkins University will provide an overview of female genital mutilation/cutting (FGM/C); highlight the U.S. government’s response to FGM/C; discuss its physical, psychological, and emotional impacts; provide resources for practitioners and educators; and explore laws to keep children safe.

 

Learning Objectives:
  • Raise awareness and understanding of issues that some young girls and women face in the U.S. and abroad related to FGM/C
  • Present information on the physical, psychological, and emotional effects of FGM/C
  • Provide tools and resources to identify and prevent FGM/C in at-risk young girls and a toll free phone number and e-mail for reporting tips about persons at risk for FGM/C
  • Explain the legal consequences of FGM/C as a federal crime and a reportable child abuse offense in most states

 

Register here for “Keeping Kids Safe: Preventing Female Genital Mutilation in the United States.”

Please note: Adobe Connect must be installed on your device in order for you to register or watch the webinar. If you have never attended an Adobe Connect meeting before or have not installed the necessary add-in, test your connection by clicking here.

Here is my idea on how to stop it—-after saving the girl, deport any family caught promoting this practice in any way and put in place a moratorium on any new refugees coming from countries and cultures where this horrific practice is common!

See our previous posts on FGM by clicking here.

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