A campaign to end female genital mutilation will move to Capitol Hill on Wednesday as a petition that calls on the Obama administration to tackle issue in the United States nears 200,000 signatories.

Jaha Dukureh, a victim of FGM who has spearheaded the Change.org petition, will meet some of the more than 50 members of Congress who have lent their support to the petition, which calls on Barack Obama and the Department of Health and Human Services to commission research into the scale and severity of the problem in the US.

Dukureh launched her campaign at the Guardian's New York office last month with UN representative Nafissatou Diop, US congressman Joe Crowley and Guardian editor-in-chief Alan Rusbridger.

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