ICE has launched an outreach program targeting female genital mutilation (FGM) at JFK Airport to safeguard young women from the outlawed practice, according to an ICE news release.

The pilot program, called "Operation Limelight USA," aims to "Safeguard and prevent young girls from being subjected to FGM by informing passengers travelling to high-prevalence countries about the U.S. laws governing FGM and the potential criminal, immigration, and child protective consequences of transporting a child to another country for the purposes of FGM," according to ICE.

Special Agent Angel M. Melendez describeed FGM as an "intrusive and unnecessary practice against young girls" and said that ICE will "arrest and prosecute anyone looking to perform this act or transport young girls for such a nefarious procedure."

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