The woman who is the face of the Guardian US's campaign to end female genital mutilation met White House officials on Thursday in the first high-level meeting aimed at bringing an end to the practice in the United States.

Jaha Dukureh, a 24-year-old mother of three from Atlanta, launched a campaign with the Guardian and the NGO Equality Now in May to highlight the issue and call for action from the government, including a study into the prevelance of FGM in the US.

Gambian-born Dukureh, who set up her own NGO, Safe Hands for Girls, to help FGM survivors like herself, told experts from across the government that FGM was not simply a brutal practice that happened in African countries but was happening on US soil and to US citizens, often during vacations back to their parents' home countries.

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