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 Jul 19, 2017.
Stopping Abusive Female Exploitation Act or the SAFE Act
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.