Female Genital Mutilation Law and Legal Definition

Female genital mutilation is defined as “an act that involves the cutting and removal of all or some of a girl or a woman's external genitalia, the procedure is extremely painful and permanently disfigures the female genitalia exposing the girl or woman to the risk of serious, potentially life-threatening complications.” Benyamin v. Holder, 579 F.3d 970 (9th Cir. 2009)