To secure equal protection for, and broaden public and legal recognition of, children’s legal and human rights to bodily integrity and self-determination that are violated by unnecessary genital cutting of male, female and intersex children.
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ARC Accomplishments

United Nations Project
We gave oral and written presentations putting the issue of male genital mutilation on the United Nations record for the first time…
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Unofficially Winning Circumcision Debate with AAP Task Force Member
The Twentieth Pitts Lectureship in Medical Ethics, held on October 18-19, 2013, marked a debate regarding the ethics of male circumcision in which Steven Svoboda unofficially defeated Michael Brady, M.D., a member of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Task Force on Circumcision…
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Publishing over Forty Peer-reviewed 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).
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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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Researching, Identifying, Commissioning Translations of, and Publishing European Legal Cases and Law Review Articles
Forty legal cases and law review articles that ARC found and translated, heretofore unknown to the activist community, are already being used by scholars in the community as integral components of some of the papers they are writing…
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ARC Newsletter
Publishing thirty-nine (as of Fall 2022) issues of our newsletter, containing feature articles by activists, reports on recent conferences, book reviews, news reports, photographs, and other important updates.
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United Nations 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 a “third party intervention” submitted 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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Participating in Approximately 200 Audio and Video Presentations
We have appeared in over 200 media events relating to genital autonomy, including public talks, debates, conference presentations, television and radio appearances, podcasts, magazine interviews, newspaper interviews, and Op-Ed pieces. We have been in Men’s Health, the Harvard Law Bulletin, on Penn and Teller’s Bullshit!, in the Red Pill movie, and on “SexTV.”
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Discovering Sex Discrimination Against Males by United Nations
We uncovered, through research at the United Nations, that the Committee on the Rights of the Child violated its own procedures in removing, without any discussion or debate, “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”).
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Legal Victories
Compiling and publishing the most comprehensive and updated list of legal settlements and legal decisions relating to male genital integrity.
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Medical and Ethical Positions on Circumcision
Compiling and publishing the most comprehensive and updated list of worldwide position statements regarding medical and ethical aspects of male circumcision.
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Compilation of Audio and Video Relating to Genital Autonomy
Right now we are in the process of posting to our website an estimated 1,500 items relating to genital autonomy, including approximately 200 of our audio and video presentations.
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Circumcision – Your Legal Rights
Producing a video with attorney and original ARC board member David Llewellyn about a litigant’s rights.
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“Know Your Rights” Brochure
Preparing and publishing a brochure outlining litigants’ rights.
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Book Reviews
Reviewing several dozen books in the genital autonomy literature, and publishing these reviews in our newsletter.
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Letters Submitted to Physicians’ Professional Organizations
In April 2003, ARC collaborated with Doctors Opposing Circumcision (DOC) and the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers (NOCIRC) to mail out thousands of letters to North American pediatricians. The letters were titled, “A Caution to Medical Doctors Regarding Child Circumcision” and were jointly signed by ARC, DOC, and NOCIRC.
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Medicaid Project Leads to Medicaid Funding of Circumcision Being Stopped in Ten States
ARC co-led a Medicaid Project including sending countless letters and making innumerable phone calls to state Medicaid offices around the United States, resulting in ten states dropping Medicaid coverage of circumcision, and was the main author of a white paper on the Medicaid Project.
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Receiving the Human Rights Award from NOCIRC in 2002.
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Marilyn Milos (NOCIRC) presents Steven Svoboda with the 2002 Human Rights Award at the International Symposium on Human Rights and Modern Society on April 4, 2002 in Washington, D.C.

Recent Blog Posts

Video Released of Steven’s Presentation at Atlanta Symposium

Intact America has released video of Steven's presentation at the Atlanta Intact 2022 Symposium, which can be found at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aNnNQd-06Dc. A link to all the available videos from Intact 2022 can be found on Intact [...]

UK National Health Service Will Stop Funding Circumcision

The United Kingdom's National Health Service has announced that it will stop funding circumcision and twelve other procedures as part of a "crackdown" on wasteful spending that is expected to save up to 2 billion [...]

Circumcision – Know Your Legal Rights

In this video – which was commissioned, arranged, and introduced by Attorney for the Rights of the Child’s (ARC’s) J. Steven Svoboda – ARC’s original board member David Llewellyn discusses circumcision and potential litigants’ 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?

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