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Khalid Adem (Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office / WXIA).


Man found guilty of performing FGM with pair of scissors on his 2-year-old daughter deported

March 15, 2017

An immigrant from Ethiopia was deported back to his native country on Monday after serving 10 years in prison for mutilating the genitals of his 2-year-old daughter back in 2001. Prosecutors had alleged that Khalid Adem, now 41, used a pair of scissors to perform a female circumcision on his little daughter inside his family’s Atlanta-area apartment. In 2006, a jury convicted Adem of aggravated battery and cruelty to children and he was subsequently sentenced to a decade-long prison term.

Adem’s case is especially significant because he is believed to be the first person in the U.S. convicted of a crime for committing female genital mutilation, according to WXIA in Atlanta. The case paved the way for a new law in Georgia outlawing the practice, in addition to the federal law that bans FGM.

In statement released on Tuesday, Sean W. Gallagher, a field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said, “A young girl’s life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime. The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”

Much attention has been drawn to the practice in parts of the world that still practice it. In the U.S., the practice has become increasingly common. According to a study released last year, the CDC reported that more than half a million women and girls in the United States live at risk of FGM — a threefold increase from the last CDC count in 1990. The agency attributed the sharp rise to the increase in immigration from countries where the FGM is practiced. And since 2003, WXIA reported, ICE has arrested more than 380 suspects accused of committing the human rights violation and deported nearly 800 who have been found guilty of FGM or are suspects in FGM cases.

Read the full story at The New York Times.


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