Female Genital Mutilation Survivors In The U.S. Are Fighting Back

When Jane was about 9, her mother drove her and her friend to a Houston strip mall. She told Jane there was something dirty on their bodies that needed to be cleaned. There, in an empty room, a woman subjected them to female genital mutilation.

“I remember feeling pain for a good three weeks after that. I was continuously bleeding, it hurt to use the restroom,” Jane, who is now 28, said. “It was never something that was discussed even after it happened.”

Jane, who spoke anonymously to protect her family’s identity, is one of a growing number of American survivors breaking the silence on the centuries-old practice of FGM. Despite reports of FGM being performed on Americans, in December a Michigan district judge struck down a federal ban on the practice, leaving girls in many states at increased risk. In April, President Trump’s Department of Justice ignited outrage by declining to appeal the case.

VICE News talks to survivors turned activists about how they are advocating for change and providing safe spaces for others like them.

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Rosenstein departs Justice Dept. with ceremony

Former Attorney General Jeff Sessions joined his successor, William Barr, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray to bid farewell to departing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein at the Department of Justice Thursday. (May 9)

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What Happens Next For Julian Assange (HBO)

Julian Assange’s lawyers are digging in for a furious, last-ditch effort to block his extradition to the U.S., following his dramatic arrest Thursday morning. The WikiLeaks founder was dragged out of the Ecuadorian embassy, where he had been living since 2012.

Assange is now facing up to five years in American prison for allegedly conspiring to hack into a classified Pentagon computer system in 2010. A 2018 indictment, unsealed by the Department of Justice on Thursday, charges him with a single count of conspiracy to commit computer intrusion and alleges that he tried to help former Army intelligence analyst Chelsea Manning gain access to the government computer system in March 2010.

Given Assange’s contentious history with Washington, the initial indictment may be an attempt to bring Assange to the U.S. before targeting him with additional charges, former federal prosecutors told VICE News. His longstanding confrontation with the U.S. government now appears destined to play out in courtrooms in London and Alexandria, Virginia.

“Once the Justice Department gets him over here, they have a lot more leverage over Mr. Assange — and the tables are turned,” said Renato Mariotti, a former U.S. prosecutor based in Chicago. “You don’t need to be a legal analyst to see why the Justice Department would probably like to charge him with all sorts of things.”

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Buttigieg talks criminal justice and race in NYC

Dem. pres. candidate Pete Buttigieg says the next president must set up a Department of Justice that will be an ally to communities. The openly gay mayor of South Bend, Ind. addressed the National Action Network convention Thursday in New York. (April 4)

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Images of Department of Justice after Mueller submits report

Images of the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, moments after confirmation that special prosecutor Robert Mueller has submitted his report on the Russia investigation. IMAGES

Whitaker announces $56 million for vests, cameras

(21 Nov 2018) Acting U.S. Attorney General Matthew Whitaker announced Wednesday that the Department of Justice would be funding 56 million dollars so law enforcement agencies across the country can purchase more bullet proof vests and body cameras. (Nov. 21)

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AG Sessions resigns on Trump’s request, how will it impact Mueller probe?

US President Donald Trump has requested – and received – the resignation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions. The Department of Justice will be led by his chief of staff Matthew Whitaker until a permanent replacement is nominated.

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DOJ identifies mail bomb suspect as Cesar Sayoc, could face up to 48 years in jail

Identified as Cesar Sayoc, the suspect in mail bomb case has been charged with 5 federal crimes and faces up to 48 years in prison, the Department of Justice said, stressing the defendant is “innocent until proven guilty.” READ MORE: https://on.rt.com/9hcp

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