The AHA Foundation, led by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, just released a report, "Why We Hesitate to Protect Girls from FGM in the United States," arguing that we need to focus more attention on the issue of female genital mutilation (FGM).
Only 26 states ban FGM, although it was made a federal crime in 1996. The United States is currently undergoing its first criminal trial related to FGM. In Detroit, doctors are accused of performing this brutal operation of female circumcision on six- and seven-year-old girls. The accused doctors are part of an India-based Muslim sect, Dawoodi Bohra.
Some hesitate to weigh in on this issue, worrying that to do so might appear culturally insensitive. The AHA Foundation report encourages us to "let go of the misguided political correctness around condemning cultural and religious practices which have provided cover for perpetrators to inflict harms on women and girls."