ICE-cream war crimes unit ramps up efforts at airports in the united states to stop female genital mutilation (fgm)

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ICE-cream war crimes unit, which is to ramp up the effort at the U S airports to stop female genital mutilation (fgm). The new policy was put to the test in jamaica, new york before being rolled out to 14 other airports.

In less than a month before she turned 11, is, F., A Female, was picked from her family’s home in Sierra Leone and marched toward the woods. Confused and scared, she had been blindfolded, stripped naked, gagged, and pinned down, a knife looming over her writhing body for it to perform the minimally invasive cultural practice of female genital mutilation (fgm), also known as female genital MUTILATION (fgm).

To have survived such a brutal form of sexual violence, including childhood sexual assault, and rape, as well as her homeland descended into the 11-year civil war beginning in 1991, Cole argues that there is nothing like the scarring as female genital MUTILATION (fgm). It is not only the health of the complications, physical injuries and unfathomable pain, it is the recurrence of the nightmares, and the wincing memories that can never be sedated.

FGM survivor and campaigner against the practice, the F. A. Cole,
(F.-A. Cole)

“I still suffer from PTSD, anxiety, and panic attacks. I may not be able to read the stories about it,” Cole, 47, recounted on Fox News. “And the words, as the day was still a trigger for me in the breakdowns.”


Now, in the states of Maryland, Cole has grown to become one of the nation’s most passionate voices against the illegal practice. Last year, she was very quiet on the height of a woman in her community who was going to take her pre-teen daughter out of the country to undergo a “vacation cutting” – is a violation of united states law, and, therefore, they are warned by the authorities. For the mother, she claimed, tried to take a couple of months later, but this time around, with the child’s name was flagged in the system, which is maintained by the Department of Homeland Security.

Razor blades are often used to perform female genital mutilation (fgm). (REUTERS/James Akena)

For now, it’s a young woman to be spared from enduring the nightmare of Cole himself, had been left with no other choice than to suffer through a microcosm of a larger effort in the United States, and to protect against the risk of the girls from the barbaric practice of the airports in the country, is now the focal points in the country, and to squash in the act.

In the summer, and the U. s. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Homeland Security Investigations War Crimes Unit, who have over three decades of research into, and investigation of human rights violators – Operation, Spotlight on the united states of america. The goal is to inform travelers of the dangers of female genital mutilation (fgm) on women and the consequences for those who commit these horrific abuses.”

Jamaica, new york is just one of many AMERICAN airports, the new ICE initiative, Operation of Spotlights, united states of america

Trained, THE agents are now talking daily to hundreds of passengers, before departure, on the legal consequences of using the services of female genital MUTILATION (fgm), and to provide recourse for victims or potential victims to seek help.

“The special thing about this program is that it will be conducted by an investigation agency,” said Mark Shaffer, Unit head of the HRVWCU. “At first, we thought that it would be a viable investment for you to investigate, and ultimately prosecute, but rather what it has become, it is really an outreach program. When we reach the point where we have to arrest and prosecute, then it is an error on our part is not to get the word out that this is a criminal act.”

Special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Homeland Security Investigation’s Operation Spotlight will be on US in Washington, Dulles International Airport. The program is aimed at raising public awareness of female genital mutilation (fgm), and help to discourage the practice.

Shaffer’s team is focusing on flights to Europe and other major hubs, where FGM is very common. If the passenger has passed the gate, it is submitted, will have their boarding pass to the agents, is often accompanied by medical professionals, and non-governmental experts, and other employees of the federal government – will have to look for the families, and so it is to carry out a brief voluntary discussion of the topic.

“We have to talk about the laws and legalities behind it. You never know who you are, at the end of the talk,” he said, noting that they will also be handing out flyers with the emphasis on the law, and to provide a means for the victims and their relatives, and to have a tip line for passengers to call with any questions. “We’re trying not to be a serious competitor. We have been very clear that this is a crime, and it is a very serious violation of human rights, and if we find out you did it, in spite of our talk, we will investigate and prosecute you to the fullest extent of the law.”


FGM is considered to be a culturally-based, and global, concern that the united states refers to it as child abuse when it is being carried out on people under the age of 18 years of age. It is generally motivated by the belief that it is the only way to ensure virginity before marriage and marital fidelity, and it is going to be different levels of partial or total removal of the female external genitalia or reproductive organs. Mainly practiced in Africa, Asia, and the Middle East, which is estimated to be more than 200 million women living today, according to ICE.

Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) agents conducted a community outreach operation at the San Francisco International Airport (SFO) is to inform and remind you of other travellers about female genital mutilation (FGM), and HSI’s commitment to the united states Government to put an end to this practice.

Sometimes referred to as “female circumcision,” the U.s. State Department mandates that the practice has no health benefits and can result in immediate health consequences such as infection, fistulae, an increase in HIV/AIDS, malaria, risk, and death.

Shaffer is recognized that a specialized unit had been for a long time been looking for ways to respond to the FGM crisis, and that they found it difficult to figure out exactly what happened, and who was doing it, and how it was made all the easier. In 2016, he learned about a program that is devised in the U. K, called Operation Spotlight, which was built around police officers talk with a passenger at London’s Heathrow Airport – which, therefore, was the inspiration for the slightly altered American version.

Special agents from the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI)

It was first introduced at New York’s JFK airport for a one-year roll-out across 14 different large airports in the last couple of months and will be conducted at 19 airports by the year 2020.

Suzanne Priester, National Program Manager for the HRVWCU stressed that the biggest obstacle is the “don’t know what we don’t know,” and the collection of the information on the application procedure, which is covered by a veil of silence in the community, in view of the sensitivity.

“As soon as that’s done, it’s too late for that. The children are told to lie about it, they are told that they will die if they tell anyone, so it’s very frustrating on all levels,” she said. “But if we can prevent one child from that, we’ve done a pretty good job. If we are to be able to avoid a lot of this is being done, then it’s definitely worth our time and our resources.”

In San Diego, ICE, Homeland Security agents to conduct weeks of FGM awareness, outreach to travelers in the heart of downtown San Diego.

While in the united kingdom and the united states have proved a robust information system in the areas of their respective Operation of Some programs, Shaffer said the next step would be to involve other countries in sharing information and trends on FGM, and together with the increase in domestic training, and the strengthening of co-operation with other law enforcement, medical professionals, and non-governmental organizations.

But, in view of the problems associated with the soft nature of the crime, and the difficulties of the passage of the immigration-centred accounts of the unit will be based on adequate legislation, the hatches are any loopholes in the law.

In a case in Michigan last year, set up against it Dr. Jumana Nagarwala – accused of carrying out FGM on more than a hundred of the girls has caused outrage after a court judgement of 1996, a federal ban on female genital MUTILATION (fgm) to be unconstitutional. The case was made for the first time in the articles of association was adopted 22 years earlier, but it was explicitly shot down because of the accusations against him had no impact on interstate commerce.

FBI agents from the office of Dr. Fakhruddin Attar at the Burhani centre in Livonia, Michigan. On Friday, the 21st of April 2017, after the completion of a search. The study is related to the cause of islam. Jumana Nagarwala, of Northville, is charged with performing female genital mutilation on two young girls in Minnesota. (Clarence Tab, Jun. /Detroit News, via AP)
(The Associated Press)

The Ministry of Justice is, therefore, recommended that the legislation in order to strengthen the effects of FGM the economic future of the cases, in which several members of the work to be done.

In June, Gov. Tom Wolf, has doubled down on the issue at a high level, so that the act of female genital MUTILATION (fgm) is a first-degree misdemeanor in the state of Pennsylvania. As it stands, 15 states have yet to criminalize the practice.

The rest of the month Es. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., and the Rep. Scott Perry, R-P., proposed a Federal Ban on Female Genital Mutilation/Cut Act of 2019, in the Senate and the House, respectively. The bill adds six provisions expressly in relation to interstate commerce, and is waiting for a possible vote.

“More than 200 million girls are at risk of becoming a victim of this heinous practice worldwide, with more than half-a-million here in the United States of america,” Perry noted, referring to the most recent statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “We need to be very clear that this cultural practice has no medical benefits and will not be tolerated in the United States of America.”


The road to ending FGM, to make sure there is no place in a pocket of the nation, and continues to be a long and winding one, for her tireless campaigners and activists.

Female Genital Mutilation (fgm) has been and continues to be a largely silent crime

Cole pointed to the fact that it is a notable cause for concern in some AMERICAN communities, is now with his mother, who, now armed with the knowledge of “vacation cutting” is becoming more and more challenging, given the enforcement of the law, and the growing repression of the stripes together and to have a “sponsor” for a cutter to carry out the ritual in the cloak of secrecy in a person’s home.

“They have to find clever ways to get around the law, so we have to continue to try to stop it,” she added. “It’s something that you never had. I felt so betrayed, so abandoned it. FGM traumatizes. I don’t want any other girl to suffer.”

Individuals who have any information about the victims or the perpetrators of female genital MUTILATION (fgm) are encouraged to submit a tip, anonymous or otherwise, to be or, call the toll-free number for the tip line 1-866-347-2423

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