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Federal Prosecutor Drops Bombshell: Up To 100 Girls May Have Had Their Genitals Cut In Michigan

That is just in Michigan.  The number of victims nationwide would be in the hundred of thousands.

A federal prosecutor dropped a bombshell in court Wednesday, telling a federal judge that the government estimates that as many as 100 girls may have had their genitals cut at the hands of a local doctor and her cohorts.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Sara Woodward disclosed the information while trying to convince a judge to keep a doctor and his wife locked up in the historic case. It involves allegations that two Minnesota girls had their genitals cut at a Livonia clinic in February as part of a religious rite of passage and were told to keep what happened a secret.

“Due to the secretive nature of this procedure, we are unlikely to ever know how many children were cut by Dr. (Jumana) Nagarwala,” Woodward said, referring to the lead defendant in the case,  later adding, “The Minnesota victims were not the first victims.”

Against Woodward’s wishes, U.S. District Judge Bernard Friedman granted bond to two other defendants in the case: Dr. Fakhruddin Attar, 53, of Farmington Hills, who is accused of letting Nagarwala use his clinic to perform genital cutting procedures on minor girls; and his wife, Farida Attar, 50, who is accused of holding the girls’ hands during the procedure to keep them from squirming and to calm them.

The government believes the three defendants, all members of a local Indian-Muslim sect, subjected numerous girls to genital cutting procedures over a 12-year period. To date, the government says it has identified eight victims — including the two Minnesota girls — though Woodward said the government estimates there could be as many as 100 victims. She said that’s a conservative estimate, and that it’s based on Dr. Attar’s alleged admission to authorities that he let Nagarwala use his clinic up to six times a year to treat children for genital rashes. Detroit Free Press

ACLU Fights Against Law Criminalizing Female Genital Mutilation In Maine.  There is a federal law against FGM.  Maine Rep. Sirocki wants a state law against FGM in Maine.

Maine GOP Rep. Heather Sirocki is sponsoring bill LD745 which would make the Islamic ritual of female genital mutilation (FGM) a crime. However, the American Civil Liberties Union is very much opposed to the legislation.

Sirocki says Maine is a high-risk area in America for FGM and happens so often that the federal government sends special funds to help the state. The bill would make FGM a Class B crime which carries a $20,000 fine and up to 10 years in prison. In addition, the bill punishes parents and/or guardians of the victim and criminalizes “vacation cutting” — where the victim is flown overseas to have the “procedure.”

According to The Daily Caller, the ACLU “staunchly opposes the protection.”

“ACLU spokesman Oamshri Amarasingham said that the risk of mutilation isn’t worth expanding Maine’s criminal code,” the report states. “The Maine Coalition Against Sexual Assault also supported the ACLU, arguing that FGM is not happening in Maine.” TruthRevolt

Sirocki, however, pointed to a 2012 report from the Center for Disease Control, which found 500,000 victims of FGM in the US. Furthermore, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement found that 400 individuals have been arrested and 785 deported for FGM violations nationwide since 2003…

While FGM has been a crime federally since 1996, Maine is one of the highest-risk areas in the country for the practice, and Sirocki said that law enforcement needs to be able to try offenders on the state level.

“Federal prosecutors take a very small amount of cases,” Sirocki said. “The state of Maine deals with thousands of cases. If a situation would occur and this is the issue, if the federal government doesn’t have enough prosecutors, it doesn’t get prosecuted.” DailyCaller

 

Temporarily Maine Court Order Limits Kaci Hickok’s Movements

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Kaci Hickox and her boyfriend are leaving Maine next week for parts unknown.

Her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur, withdrew from an accelerated nursing program at the University of Maine at Fort Kent on Friday and said the couple will stay through Monday, after which a state court order expires and Hickox will no longer have to submit to daily health monitoring, inform state officials of travel plans and let them know if her health changes.

Wilbur said the couple will depart Fort Kent in the middle of next week, drop off some items in storage in southern Maine, and then leave the state.

“We’re going to try to get our lives back on track,” Wilbur said Friday night.  Portland Herald

Update:  Judge Charles C. LaVerdiere in Fort Kent, Maine ruled that Kaci Hickox (pictured) must continue daily monitoring and cooperate with health officials if she chooses to travel. The judge said there’s no need to restrict her movements because she’s not showing symptoms of Ebola. It was revealed in court documents that the 33-year-old nurse’s roommate in Sierra Leone had been treated for Ebola.

Governor Paul LePage said, “I don’t want her within three feet of anyone”.

A Maine court issued late Thursday a temporarily order to Kaci Hickok to stay at least three feet away from other people and avoid public places.  The court order also  instructed Kaci to stay away from public transit and workplaces, and not to leave the town of Fort Kent, where she has mostly been holed up in a house, without consulting with public health authorities. The order applies “until further order of this court” on Friday. NBC News

Maine’s Governor wants Hickok’s quarantine to be high risk guidelines, 21-day in-home quarantine.    Maine offered to compromise with  low-risk quarantine guidelines. Kaci refused.

Kaci Hickok stand is no quarantine as she understands the nature and risk of the Ebola disease as she has treated it. Hickox’s attorney, Steven Hyman, says his client, who last treated an Ebola patient Oct. 21, does not meet the threshold for quarantine. That there is no basis to quarantine Kaci at this point in time.

Yesterday, Kaci and her boyfriend left his home and went bike riding and later ordered pizza.  Kaci talked to reporters and shook reporter Martin Gould‘s hand.  The bike ride was not Kaci and boyfriend  alone on a  bike ride, it was Kaci with swarms of reporters, photographers, and cameramen closely around her.

CDC New Low Risk Guidelines  issued Oct. 29th

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Maine Prepares To Enforce Quantine

Maine Gov. Paul LePage
Maine Gov. Paul LePage

Gov. Paul LePage said Thursday, he’s going to “exercise the full extent of his authority” to keep Kaci Hickox away from public places.

The Governor’s chief legal counsel together with the Attorney General was in hours of negotiation Wednesday in an attempt to reach agreement on how healthcare workers in Maine should meet the CDC guidelines for those in the “some risk” category. That category includes anyone who has had direct exposure to persons infected with Ebola within a 21-day incubation period. The agreement sought to identify how healthcare workers should conduct themselves, given the threat of exposure to the public, should symptoms develop.

“I was ready and willing—and remain ready and willing—to reasonably address the needs of healthcare workers meeting guidelines to assure the public health is protected,” Governor LePage said.

CDC guidelines outlining what Maine considers an in-home quarantine require:
a. Direct Active Monitoring;
b. Any travel will be coordinated with the public health authorities to ensure uninterrupted direct active monitoring;
c. Controlled movement to include exclusion from long-distance commercial conveyances or local public conveyances;
d. Exclusion from public places and congregate gatherings;
e. Exclusion from workplaces for the duration of a public health order (except to receive necessary healthcare);
f. Non-congregate public activities while maintain a three-foot distance from others is permitted (for example, walking or jogging in a park);
g. Other activities should be assessed as needs and circumstances change to determine whether these activities may be undertaken.
Continue reading Maine Prepares To Enforce Quantine

Dershowitz: Quarantine Decisions Are Political Duty

Who should have the last word in quarantine decisions elected officials or medical experts?  “Elected officials, not medical experts, should determine the parameters for quarantining people in the United States.  It can not be the medical experts. Nobody has elected them to make the cost benefit analysis of what is the risk of Ebola… that is essentially a political decision,” says Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz.


Alan Dershowitz: Quarantine Decisions Are a Political Duty “The Congress has the power, as does the president, to protect the public health by banning travel by noncitizens to the United States,” says Havard law professor Alan Dershowitz.

Online: Dershowitz: Ebola Travel Ban ‘Clearly Constitutional’

Nurse Kaci Hickox Refuses To Follow Quarantine Protocol

hickokNorth Carolina Missionaries (SIM USA and Samaritan’s Purse)  are under a 21-day quarantine when they return from Ebola-affected countries.

For precautionary measures, state and local public health officials are requiring a period of voluntary quarantine for the staff and other people who were exposed to Ebola and are returning to North Carolina within 21 days since their last exposure,” said a statement from SIM USA.

The U.S. Army will quarantine returning soldiers from Ebola-affected countries. miliatryebolaquarantine

 

Dr. Craig Spencer crisscrossed New York for days before coming down with Ebola.  It has emerged that Dr. Spencer “lied to officials, insisting he had stayed inside his home since arriving back in America. Detectives only discovered the truth when they checked his credit card statement.”

Nurse Hickok works for the CDC and lives in Maine.  When she returned from Africa, landing in New Jersey, with a temperature, she was placed in a mandatory quarantine in a hospital as she does not have a residents in New Jersey.  Hickok was driven from New Jersey to her home in Maine and placed under a 21-day in-home quarantine.

Nurse Hickok told Matt Lauer on the Today Show, ‘I don’t plan on sticking to the guidelines. I am not going to sit around and be bullied by politicians and forced to stay in my home when I am not a risk to the American public.’

On Wednesday, the Governor of Maine placed  state troopers outside the house where Hickok’s is staying for  ‘for both her protection and the health of the community.’ Continue reading Nurse Kaci Hickox Refuses To Follow Quarantine Protocol