(CNSNews.com) — Ethiopian citizen Khalid Adem, 41, who was living in Georgia in 2006 when he was convicted of committing the federal crime of female genital mutilation (FGM) of his own 2-year-old daughter using scissors, was deported to Ethiopia by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Monday, March 13. Adem, who was convicted in Gwinett County, Ga., had served 10 years in prison for his crime.
As ICE stated in a press release, “Khalid Adem, 41, a native and citizen of Ethiopia was convicted in Gwinnett Country, Georgia, of aggravated battery and cruelty to children in the first degree on Nov. 1, 2006, and sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.”
“Using scissors, Adem mutilated the genitals of his 2-year-old daughter,” reported ICE. “Adem was ordered removed Oct. 31, 2016, based on his criminal convictions. Adem’s case is believed to be the first criminal conviction in the United States for female genital mutilation, and became the catalyst for the specific criminalization of female genital mutilation under Georgia state law.”
Sean W. Gallagher, the field office director for the Atlanta ERO Field Office, said, “A young girl’s life has been forever scarred by this horrible crime. The elimination of female genital mutilation/cutting has broad implications for the health and human rights of women and girls, as well as societies at large.”
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