- Jessica Neuwirth: Many think of FGM as an African practice, but the number of women and girls suffering or at risk in the United States has actually gone up since the 1990s
- Recent Michigan case highlights a need for greater resources and effort to break the silence and keep women and girls safe, Neuwirth says
Jessica Neuwirth is the founder of Donor Direct Action, an initiative to support front line organizations around the world working to end FGM and other forms of violence and discrimination against women and girls. The views expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author.
(CNN)Jumana Nagarwala, a 44-year-old emergency room doctor at a Detroit hospital, was denied bail earlier this week and remains in custody, awaiting trial, charged with performing female genital mutilation (FGM) in the United States -- which happens here more often than you think.