NOCIRC Information Series: About NOCIRC

Answers To Your Questions About NOCIRC

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National Organization of Circumcision Information RESOURCE CENTERS

Educating A New Generation For The Well-Being Of All Children.


What is NOCIRC?

NOCIRC is the National Organization of Circumcision Information Resource Centers, an organization of diverse individuals committed through research, education, and advocacy to securing the birthright of male, female, and intersex infants and children to keep their sex organs intact.

When was NOCIRC founded and who founded it?

NOCIRC, the first national clearinghouse in the United States for information about circumcision, was founded in 1985 by a group of healthcare professionals in the San Francisco Bay Area. On March 15, 1986, NOCIRC was granted 501(c)3 non-profit educational status.

What does NOCIRC do? NOCIRC...

The nearest NOCIRC center...

NOCIRC centers are listed on the Internet at www.nocirc.org. The national home office can provide you with the address and phone number of the center nearest you.

U.S. National Home Office

Marilyn Fayre Milos, R.N., Executive Director
POB 2512, San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512 USA
Tel: 415-488-9883 / Fax: 415-488-9660

International Centers

NOCIRC of Australia - ACT
(Circumcision Information Australia CIA)
Shane Peterson, 34/19 Fawkner Street, Braddon, ACT
2612 (+6-02-6262-7267)

NOCIRC of Canada - British Columbia
James Loewen, #16-1101 Nicola Street, Vancouver, BC V6G 2E3

NOCIRC of Canada - Quebec
Maurene White, Montreal, Quebec

NOCIRC of England - Essex
Dr. John Warren, 3 Watlington Road, Harlow,
Essex CM17 0DX (+44-127-941-9704)

NOCIRC of France - Boulogne Cedex
Association contre la Mutilation des Enfants (A.M.E.),
Boîte Postale 220, 92108 Boulogne Cedex

NOCIRC of Germany - Langenfeld
Frank Tschuschke, Tiefenbruchstr. 93,
40764 Langenfeld

NOCIRC of Italy - Padova
Franco Viviani, Universita Degli Studi di Padova,
Dipartimento Di Psicologia Generale,
Via Venezia 8, 35131 Padova (+390 498840 4668)

NOCIRC of Northern Ireland
Linda Massie, 7 Moyola Park, Glen Gormley,
County Atrim BT36 5ER (+44 28908 30468)

NOCIRC of South Africa - Cape Town
Dean Ferris, POB 12802, Mill Street, 8010, Capetown

NOCIRC of South Africa - Southern Johannesburg
Larry Murphy, 7 Haarhof Street, Ridgeway 2091, Johannesburg

NOCIRC of Switzerland - Lausanne
Sami Aldeeb, Doctor of Law, Swiss Institute of
Comparative Law, Dorigny, 1015 Lausanne
(Tel. +41-21-692-4912 / Fax: +41-21-692-4949)

NOCIRC of Tahiti - Papeete
Dan Gillet, POB 2781, Papeete


Attorneys for the Rights of the Child
J. Steven Svoboda

Brit Shalom Providers

Circumcision Information for Christians

Circumcision Resource Center
Ronald Goldman, PhD; www.circumcision.org

Doctors Opposing Circumcision (D.O.C.)
George Denniston, MD

Equality Now
Taina Bien-Amé, Executive Director

FGM Network
Marianne Sarkis, MA; www.fgmnetwork.org

Christa Muller - Germany, (06 81/3-24-00)

Inter-African Committee
Berhane Ras Work - Switzerland (022-731-24-20)

Intersex Society of North America (ISNA)
Cheryl Chase, PhD; www.isna.org

Jews Against Circumcision
Gillian Flato; www.JewsAgainstCircumcision.org

Lightfoot Associates
Hanny Lightfoot-Klein - USA (520-529-2029)

Musicians United to Stop Infant Circumcision
(MUSIC), Lisa Stephon; www.MusiciansUnited.org

National Organization of Restoring Men (NORM)
R. Wayne Griffiths; www.norm.org

David Smith, General Manager, Dr. John P. Warren

National Organization to Halt the Abuse and
Routine Mutilation of Males (NOHARMM)

Tim Hammond; www.noharmm.org

Nurses for the Rights of the Child (NRC)
Mary Conant, R.N.; www.nurses.cirp.org

Nahid Toubia, M.D.; www.rainbo.org

Students for Genital Integrity
Greg Dervin; www.studentsforgenitalintegrity.org

For additional websites, see:

Declaration of the First International Symposium on Circumcision

We recognize the inherent right of all human beings to an intact body. Without religious or racial prejudice, we affirm this basic human right.

We recognize that the foreskin, clitoris, and labia are normal, functional parts of the human body.

Parents and/or guardians do not have the right to consent to the surgical removal or modification of their children's normal genitalia.

Physicians and other healthcare providers have a responsibility to refuse to remove or mutilate normal parts of the body.

The only persons who may consent to medically unnecessary procedures upon themselves are individuals who have reached the age of consent (adulthood), and then only after being fully informed about the risks and benefits of the procedure.

We categorically state that circumcision has unrecognized victims.

In view of the serious physical and psychological consequences that we have witnessed in victims of circumcision, we hereby oppose the performance of a single additional unnecessary foreskin, clitoral, or labial amputation procedure.

We oppose any further studies that involve the performance of the circumcision procedure upon unconsenting minors. We support any further studies that involve identification of the effects of circumcision.

Physicians and other healthcare providers do have a responsibility to teach hygiene and the care of normal parts of the body and to explain their normal anatomical and physiological development and function throughout life.

We place the medical community on notice that it is being held accountable for misconstruing the scientific database available on human circumcision in the world today.

Physicians who practice routine circumcision are violating the first maxim of medical practice, “Primum Non Nocere” (“First, Do No Harm”), and anyone practicing genital mutilation is violating Article V of the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment...”

Adopted by the General Assembly, March 3, 1989 Anaheim, California USA

More information can be found on the Internet at:

www.nocirc.org and www.cirp.org

NOCIRC pamphlets: Ten different pamphlets: 50¢ each or $25/100 (same or mixed) plus $5 S/H.

The NOCIRC Resource Guide lists the pamphlets, books, articles, newsletters, and videos available from NOCIRC, and other resources as well. Free for SASE.

National Organization of Circumcision
Information Resource Centers
Post Office Box 2512
San Anselmo, CA 94979-2512 USA

Telephone: 415-488-9883
Fax: 415-488-9660



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