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Female Genital Mutilation Lawyers in New York

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Under New York State law, a person is guilty of female genital mutilation when that person knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person who has not reached 18 years of age. Infibulate means to close off or obstruct the genitals. A circumcision, excision, or infibulation is necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed by a licensed physician or is performed on a person in labor or who has just given birth. A person knowingly circumcises, excises, or infibulates the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris of another person when that person is aware that he or she is doing so. If convicted, a person will be charged with a Class E felony.

To be found guilty of this crime, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt three elements: (1) That on the date alleged, the defendant circumcised, excised, or infibulated the whole or any part of the labia majora or labia minora or clitoris; (2) the defendant did so knowingly; and (3) that the complainant had not reached 18 years of age.

If you are facing these charges, call Lebedin Kofman LLP today. Our female genital mutilation lawyers in New York can strongly represent your rights and best interests.

Penal Law 130.85(1)(b)

Under New York State law, a person is guilty of female genital mutilation when he or she is a parent, guardian, or other person legally responsible for a child less than 18 years old and he or she knowingly consents to the circumcision, excision, or infibulation of the whole or part of such child’s labia majora or labia minora or clitoris. A circumcision, excision, or infibulation is necessary to the health of the person on whom it is performed by a licensed physician or is performed on a person in labor or who has just given birth. A person knowingly consents to the circumcision, excision, or infibulation of the whole or part of such child’s labia majora or labia minora or clitoris when that person is aware that he or she is consenting to such an act. If convicted, a person will be charged with a Class E felony.

It is not a defense that the defendant did not know the age of the child or believed that the child was 18 years old or older. To be found guilty of this crime, the prosecution must be able to prove beyond a reasonable doubt four elements: (1) That on the date alleged, the defendant was the parent, guardian, or other person legally responsible for the child; (2) the child was less than 18 years old; (3) the defendant consented to the circumcision, excision, or infibulation of whole or part of such child’s labia majora or labia minora or clitoris; and (4) the defendant did so knowingly.

Call our female genital mutilation attorneys in New York today at (646) 663-4430 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation.

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