5/13/16, "Human Rights-FBI Reaching Out About Female Genital Mutilation," fbi.gov
"More than 500,000 women and girls across
the country—most of them living in metropolitan areas—are at risk of
undergoing female genital mutilation, a procedure that has long been
practiced in many African and Middle Eastern countries as a cultural
custom but has been illegal in the U.S. since 1996.
A report showing the number of women at
risk was published in January by the Centers for Disease Control and
Prevention, and the figure was much higher than previously estimated. A
separate report last year by the non-profit Population Reference Bureau
(PRB) determined that women and girls most at risk were concentrated in
major cities like New York, Minneapolis, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C., where large disapora immigrant communities have coalesced.
Female genital mutilation, also called
cutting or FGM, involves partial or total removal of the external
genitalia for non-medical reasons, with no discernible health benefits.
Nearly one-third of the estimated 513,000 women at risk are under the
age of 18, according to the CDC and PRB data."...via Drudge