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H.R. 829: Empower our Girls Act


The text of the bill below is as of Feb 4, 2021 (Introduced).


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117th CONGRESS

1st Session

H. R. 829

IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

February 4, 2021

(for himself, Mr. DesJarlais, Mr. Norman, Mr. Burchett, Mr. Van Drew, Mr. Calvert, and Mrs. Walorski) 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.

1.

Short title

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

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.

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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.