A Muslim man who is a former resident of Gwinnett County, Georgia, after being convicted of aggravated battery and cruelty to a child, was deported from the United States on March 13 after spending ten years in prison. Khalid Adem, 41, of Ethiopia was tried and found guilty ten years ago of the crime of excising the clitoris of 2-year-old daughter.
Adem, a native and national of Ethiopia, was living in Georgia when he was convicted in 2006. His wife, who turned him in, believed that he had committed the crime in 2001. The case drew national attention for being the first criminal conviction for female genital mutilation (FGM) -- a practice that is common among many Muslims, especially those from East Africa.
Adem’s conviction became the spark that inspired the criminalization of FGM in Georgia.
The practice of female genital mutilation is a federal crime. Any involvement in committing FGM is a violation of human rights that can result in imprisonment and deportation. Those who send women and girls overseas to be cut can also be charged.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 380 individuals for human rights-related violations since 2003. ICE has also removed more than 780 known or suspected human rights violators from the United States since then.
To submit information about suspected human rights abuses or war crimes committed by foreign nationals, call ICE at 1-866-347-2423. (Callers may remain anonymous).