h.2333/s.788: an act to protect girls from female genital mutilation

Filed by Rep. Sarah Peake and Senator Harriette Chandler

Female genital mutilation (FGM) involves removing part or all of a girl's healthy sex organs and surrounding tissue for non-medical reasons resulting in health consequences, death in childbirth and lifelong trauma. This bill would create a program for education, prevention and outreach for communities that practice FGM, requires mandated reporters to make a 51A report to the Department of Children and Families (DCF) if a child has suffered from physical or emotional injury resulting from FGM and it criminalizes the acts of committing FGM on a child or taking a child in or out of the Commonwealth to commit FGM or to permit another to commute FGM.

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