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.
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