- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

ATLANTA (AP) - Female genital mutilation survivor and activist Jaha Dukureh is expected to be among more than 200 citizenship candidates naturalized in Atlanta.

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced that the 25-year-old Gambia native will be among the candidates during Tuesday’s ceremony at the College Football Hall of Fame.

Dukureh took and passed the civics exam required for citizenship two weeks ago in Atlanta. That same day she flew to Washington to meet with U.S. congressional representatives and obtain help for immigrant women in the U.S. who are reportedly still suffering from the mutilation practices.

Dukureh says becoming a U.S. citizen will give her the freedom to speak against the practice with a degree of freedom not available in her native country.

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