H.R. 3317 would increase the federal penalty for Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) from up to 5 years of imprisonment to up to 15 years of imprisonment. The bill also calls on states to ensure that they have proper laws in place for healthcare providers, school officials, and adults to report suspected FGM to local law enforcement.
The summary below was written by the Congressional Research Service, which is a nonpartisan division of the Library of Congress, and was published on Dec 5, 2017.
Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act of 2017 or the SAFE Act of 2017
(Sec. 2) This bill amends the federal criminal code to increase from 5 to 15 years the maximum prison term for an individual who is convicted of female genital mutilation.
(Sec. 3) It expresses the sense of Congress that states should have in place laws that require health care professionals, teachers, and other school employees to report to local law enforcement agencies any instance of suspected female genital mutilation.