Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) Training

MCL 750.136 became effective in 2017.  The statute defines the crime of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM), making it a 15-year felony.  The law refers to FGM as an offense against women under the age of 18 years.  It is estimated that over 500,000 women and girls are at risk in the United States and over 10,000 may be living in Michigan.  FGM has no health benefits and can cause long-term physical and psychological problems.

The behavioral indicators of FGM are the same as the indicators of other types child abuse and trauma.  If officers suspect a case of FGM they must work with Child Protective Services, and other relevant community professionals, as the investigation proceeds.  Further, local forensic interviewing protocols must be followed when interviewing victims of FGM.

The AHA Foundation has compiled a training curriculum on FGM to raise awareness and provide guidance to professionals, including service providers, law enforcement, and educators, who may respond to suspected FGM.  For training and additional information, click here:  https://www.theahafoundation.org/online-training/female-genital-mutilationcutting-fgmc-training-for-professionals-working-with-victims-and-communities/