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Introduced in House (02/04/2019)


116th CONGRESS
1st Session
H. R. 960


To allow certain grants to be used for the purpose of assisting victims of female genital mutilation, to classify the offense of female genital mutilation as a part II crime for purposes of the Uniform Crime Reports, and for other purposes.


IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2019

Mr. Perry (for himself, Mrs. Wagner, Mr. Quigley, and Mr. Ryan) introduced the following bill; which was referred to the Committee on the Judiciary, and in addition to the Committee on Financial Services, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned


A BILL

To allow certain grants to be used for the purpose of assisting victims of female genital mutilation, to classify the offense of female genital mutilation as a part II crime for purposes of the Uniform Crime Reports, and for other purposes.

Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled,

SECTION 1. Short title.

This Act may be cited as the “Empower our Girls Act”.

SEC. 2. VAWA grant programs.

(a) STOP Violence Against Women Formula Grant Program.—Section 2001(b) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10441(b)) is amended—

(1) in paragraph (1), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”;

(2) in paragraph (2), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”;

(3) in paragraph (3), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”;

(4) in paragraph (4), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”;

(5) in paragraph (5), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,” each place it appears;

(6) in paragraph (7), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”;

(7) in paragraph (10), by striking “domestic violence” and inserting “domestic violence, female genital mutilation,”;

(8) in paragraph (12), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,” each place it appears;

(9) in paragraph (14), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”; and

(10) in paragraph (20), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “domestic violence,”.

(b) Consolidated Grant Program.—

(1) CHOOSE CHILDREN AND YOUTH.—Section 41201 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (34 U.S.C. 12451) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears.

(2) SMART PREVENTION.—Section 41303 of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (34 U.S.C. 12463) is amended—

(A) in subsection (a), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears;

(B) in subsection (b)—

(i) in paragraph (2), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears; and

(ii) in paragraph (3), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”; and

(C) in subsection (c)—

(i) in paragraph (1), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”; and

(ii) in paragraph (2), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears.

(c) Grants for Outreach and Services to Underserved Populations.—Section 120 of the Violence Against Women and Department of Justice Reauthorization Act of 2005 (34 U.S.C. 20123) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears.

(d) Improving Criminal Justice Responses.—

(1) PURPOSE.—Section 2101(a) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10461(a)) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”.

(2) GRANT AUTHORITY.—Section 2101(b) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10461(b)) is amended—

(A) in paragraph (2), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears;

(B) in paragraph (3), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”;

(C) in paragraph (4), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”;

(D) in paragraph (5), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”;

(E) in paragraph (6), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”;

(F) in paragraph (14), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”;

(G) in paragraph (15), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”; and

(H) in paragraph (16), by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,”.

(3) ELIGIBILITY.—Section 2101(c)(1)(D) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10461(c)(1)(D)) is amended—

(A) by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” the first place it appears; and

(B) by striking “domestic violence, dating violence, stalking, or sexual assault” and inserting “domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, female genital mutilation, or stalking”.

(4) APPLICATIONS.—Section 2102(b) of the Omnibus Crime Control and Safe Streets Act of 1968 (34 U.S.C. 10462(b)) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears.

(e) Legal Assistance for Victims.—Section 1201 of the Violence Against Women Act of 2000 (34 U.S.C. 20121) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “dating violence,” each place it appears.

(f) Transitional Housing Assistance Grants.—Section 40299 of the Violence Against Women Act of 1994 (34 U.S.C. 12351) is amended by inserting “female genital mutilation,” after “sexual assault,” each place it appears.

(g) Female genital mutilation defined.—Section 40002(a) of the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994 (34 U.S.C. 12291(a)) is amended by adding at the end the following:

“(46) FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION.—The term ‘female genital mutilation’ means the removal or infibulation (or both) of the whole or part of the clitoris, the labia minor, or the labia major.”.

SEC. 3. Reporting on female genital mutilation.

(a) Uniform Crime Reports.—The Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation shall, pursuant to section 534 of title 28, United States Code, classify the offense of female genital mutilation as a part II crime in the Uniform Crime Reports.

(b) Female genital mutilation defined.—In this section, the term “female genital mutilation” means the removal or infibulation (or both) of the whole or part of the clitoris, the labia minora, or labia majora.