Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2021, $300,000)
Legal Name: AHA Foundation Inc (lead partner).
Title: WE STOP FGM/C Chicago North Side
Geographical area: Chicago North Side
Population to be served: The population of Chicago City impacted by FGM/C is estimated at 12,000. The largest FGM/C cluster is in Chicago North Side, where 27% of children and 21% of adults live in poverty.
Chicago North Side is home to approx. 3,450 women and girls impacted by FGM/C, a quarter of whom self-identify as Somali, while 21% identify as Ethiopian and 16% self-identify as Nigerian. Other significant communities include Egyptian, Eritrean, Malaysian and Iraqi. Of those 3,450 impacted 20% are below the age of 15 and at heighten risk of FGM/C practice.
Stakeholders groups impacted include; local community leaders, FGM/C survivors, health, education, social services and police professionals.
Heartland Health Clinics. Heartland Health Centers are a federally qualified healthcare provider with 18 locations serving Chicago’s north side, including seven school-based health centers. In 2020, Heartland provided care to over 28,000 patients. Its services are open to everyone, including the uninsured. Heartland Health Centers also offer a wide range of outreach services, including specialized refugee and immigrant programs.
Forma. Forma offers specialized mental health clinical services to women adversely affected by FGM/C in Chicago.
Typically inflicted on girls between birth and fifteen years old, FGM/C is a horrendous form of child abuse yet, unlike other forms of child abuse, FGM/C is a one off event, not generally performed with the intent to harm, but to ensure girls to conform to specific cultural expectations within practicing communities.
The WE STOP FGM/C program recognizes that ending FGM/C requires a multisectoral approach, bringing together community leaders, FGM/C survivors, health, education, social services and the police. Our program strategy aims to ensure
A high level of community awareness of the health risks of FGM/C, and anti-FGM/C law in the U.S.
Community awareness of where FGM/C survivors and at risk girls can go for support.
Improved access to appropriate medical interventions (physical and psychological) for FGM/C survivors.
Timely and appropriate protection responds for girls at risk.
Meaningful partnership working between multiple FGM/C trained stakeholders.
Local community champions advocating for abandoning FGM/C practices.