There are no national statistics on female genital cutting (FGC) in the USA. The practice is not indigenous to the country, however FGC has been known to continue within some diaspora, refugee and immigrant populations.
The type of FGC practised by communities in the USA is likely to be varied, depending on the traditions surrounding the practice within their ethnic group/country of heritage.
The average age at which girls living in the USA have undergone FGC is unknown. Girls at risk may undergo FGC from birth, approximately up until the age of 16, depending on the traditional age of cutting within a specific ethnic group.
Varied. Girls living in the USA may be at risk of undergoing the practice within the country, or overseas. This could be carried out by a medical practitioner, or by a traditional cutter.
27 US states have a law against FGC. There has also been a federal law against the practice since 1997.
In a controversial ruling in 2018, a federal judge dismissed the United States’ first legal case on female genital cutting (FGC), against a doctor from the Dawoodi Bohra community, declaring the federal legislation banning the practice as unconstitutional.
13 in 2018 index, based on 2017 data.
5.6 deaths per 1,000 live births (2016).
14 deaths per 100,000 live births (2015).
Source: Human Development Index
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