Established in 2006, the Inter-African Committee USA (or, IAC-USA) is a anonprofit and non-governmental organization dedicated to furthering the rights of immigrant women and girls to freedom from harmful traditional practices of their native countries and cultures, including early forced marnage, female genital mutilation, and other violent and injurious practices, while promoting the adoption of beneficial traditions and rites of passage.
The IAC-USA is part of a network of international organizations in numerous countries, partnering with the United Nations and local entities to raise awareness of the continued predominance of centuries-old harmful practices carried out against African women and children under the guise of culture afid tradition, and to provide assistance to those who have been or are at risk of
Our mission is to promote the rights and well-being of women and children in at-ris immigrant communities by bringing an end to harmful traditional practices through education, support, and encouragement of healthy traditional values.
Though more prevalent in African and Asian countries, harmful traditional practices are not limited geographically. Thousands of immigrant women and girls in the US have been or are at risk of being affected by these practices. Some were subjected to these practices in their native lands before coming to the US. Some girls will be sent back to their native countries by relatives to undergo female genital mutilation or to be forced into early marnage. Others will be forced to undergo these practices simply while visiting family and friends abroad. Still others will become victims to harmful traditional practices on American sou. Though federal law and several state laws prohibit some forms of these practices, protecting at-risk women and girls takes much more than a legal prohibition.
Through individual outreach, grassroots meetings in affected communities, and conferences and seminars in cooperation with schools, universities, partner organizations, providers of social services and community centers, the IAC-USA strives to:
•Completely eliminate the practice of female genital mutilation and ail similar forced female circumcision practices
•End domestic violence against women and girls, including rape, physical and emotional assault, forced early marnage, forced feeding of young girls, child/labor, slavery, and other practices harmful to women and young girls
•Provide a system of support and protection for those women and girls who have been victims of harmful traditional practices or are at risk of becoming victims, including providing assistance in obtaining medicare, couseling an other services in the community.
•Educate both at risk population, providers of medical and social services and the public in general about the dire physical, psychological, social and economic consequences of Female Genital Mutilation and other Harmful Traditional Practices to individuals and the community at large.
•Intervene for the protection of girls immediately at risk of being sent to foreign country to subjected to a harmful traditional practice, or immediately at risk in the US.
•Develop training programs and educational materials for community leaders, health personnel, religious leaders, legislators, media, schools and so forth to increase awareness and provide tools to end harmful traditional practices among immigrant communities within the US.