ARC Accomplishments

United Nations Project
Putting the issue of male genital mutilation on the United Nations record for the first time.
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United Nations Criticized for Sex Discrimination Against Males
Uncovering, through research at the UN, the Committee on the Rights of the Child’s violation of its own procedures in removing “boy children” from the purview of the Special Rapporteur on Traditional Practices Affecting the Health of Women and the Girl Child (formerly “Women and Children”), without any discussion or debate.
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Published Papers
Authoring or co-authoring and publishing over forty peer reviewed papers, many in top journals (for example, three in the world’s top medical ethics journal, the Journal of Medical Ethics; one in a top medical journal, the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine; and one of the top US medical anthropology journal, the Medical Anthropology Quarterly), all listed and available on our website.
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Charleston Debate Marks Turning Point in Movement to Recognize Circumcision as a Human Rights Violation
The Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, held on October 18-19, 2013, marked an awesome team win that activists for genital integrity were able to achieve when I debated Michael Brady, M.D. and effectively also debated Douglas Diekema, M.D., two members of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on Circumcision.
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ARC Newsletter
Publishing thirty-nine (as of Fall 2022) issues of our newsletter.
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Receiving the Human Rights Award from NOCIRC in 2002

Compilation of Audio and Video Pieces
Right now we are in the process of posting hundreds of audio and video pieces relating to genital autonomy, including over 100 of our audio and video presentations.
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UN Third Party Intervention
Following the sad and unexpected passing of Australian human rights attorney Paul Mason, Steven Svoboda took over from Paul to lead preparation and submission of the “third party intervention” by the International NGO Council on Genital Autonomy (INGOCGA) to the United Nations’ Committee on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
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Completing United Nations Core Report
The core report is intended for use and adaptation by local activists in countries around the world wishing to submit a report to the UN on male circumcision as a human rights violation in their respective countries. We have already been working with local activists in Iceland and the Philippines…
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Legal Victories
The most comprehensive list of settlements and decisions relating to male genital integrity.
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Medical and Ethical Positions on Circumcision
The most comprehensive and updated list of worldwide position statements regarding male circumcision.
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Circumcision – Your Legal Rights
Producing a video with David Llewellyn about a litigant’s rights.
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“Know Your Rights” Brochure
Preparing and publishing a brochure about litigants’ rights.
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ARC Publishes Trove of Translated European Legal Documents
These translations are already being used by scholars in the community as integral components of some of the papers they are writing. In addition to the court cases and other miscellaneous documents, our Translations page also includes a large number of German academic legal articles pertaining to the historic 2012 Cologne case…
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Book Reviews
Reviewing several dozen books comprising the genital autonomy literature.
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Circumcision – Know Your Legal Rights

Atlanta, Georgia attorney, David J Llewellyn has represented over 50 circumcision-related lawsuits. In this video, after a brief introduction by Attorney for the Rights of the Child’s (ARC’s) J. Steven Svoboda, Llewellyn discusses circumcision and legal rights. The following questions are answered:

  1. Who may bring about a circumcision-related lawsuit?
  2. What is “informed consent”?
  3. Who may be responsible for damages?
  4. What are the time limits?
  5. What sort of damages may be awarded?

Recent Blog Posts

Update Regarding Massachusetts Medicaid Lawsuit

On July 22, 2022, the Appeals Court recently ruled against the plaintiffs in a lawsuit claiming that male circumcision is a waste of taxpayer money. The case was filed in July 2020 based on a [...]

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