Founded in 2008 by a group of like-minded individuals and organizations, and with funding from a private donor, Intact America is the largest professional organization in the world advocating children’s rights to an intact body. This is our timeline. 

Intact America counts among its supporters and advisors many long-time intactivists and thousands of newcomers join our cause each year. Together we are committed to protecting all babies and children—male, female, and intersex—from forced genital cutting. Our efforts to change how America thinks about male child genital cutting in particular are evident by our major accomplishments, from our founding and every year since.

August 11

MCGC Solicitation Survey

Intact America conducted the first-ever survey investigating the solicitation of newborn circumcision. The national, random-sample survey revealed that such “selling” of this unnecessary practice increased..Read More
November 5

Website Relaunch

Intact America refreshes its website with all new content and incorporates our blog. The relaunched website includes changes to navigation and structure, and is mobile..Read More
August 16

International Conference on Men’s Issues

Intact America exhibits at the 5th annual three-day International Conference on Men’s Issues held this year in Chicago. This was our first official foray into..Read More
August 14

ACEs Initiative

Intact America proposes that child genital cutting (including circumcision) be added to the Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) questionnaire. The initiative includes a new website and..Read More
June 30

NYC Pridefest

Intact America participates for the 10th year in the NYC Pride celebration, the largest in the world. Intact America distributes nearly 10,000 flyers, foreskin fact..Read More
May 2

3rd National Public Opinion Survey

Public support increases to 15.7 percent! Once again, Intact America conducted a random-sample survey of Americans regarding their opinions and knowledge of genital cutting. Public..Read More
March 14

Intact America Condemns State Legislatures

Intact America issues strongly worded statements and press releases concerning the unconstitutionality of bills introduced in California, Connecticut, Iowa, and Washington prohibiting female genital cutting...Read More
January 28

Georganne Chapin prominently shown in documentary

The game-changing documentary “American Circumcision” by Brendon Marotta features pro and con interviews including Intact America’s executive director. The response has been nothing less than..Read More
June 26

NYC Pridefest

Intact America distributes nearly 10,000 flyers, foreskin fact cards, stickers and “Foreskin Pride” condoms at its double booth at NYC Pridefest.
June 14

2nd National Public Opinion Survey

Intact America conducts a second national survey on Americans’ attitudes toward circumcision, which shows that 14 percent of Americans now agree with that statement “baby..Read More
May 6

MADE to STICK Campaign Launched

Intact America launches a foreskin protection campaign after learning 2 out of 5 boys are being forcibly retracted.
April 16

Forcible Foreskin Retraction Survey

Intact America conducts a nationwide, random-sample survey revealing 43.3 percent of intact boys have had their foreskins needlessly and forcibly retracted at least once by..Read More
September 13 Launched

Intact America launches—an entry-level website designed to inform and persuade newcomers to the circumcision question. A companion Facebook page is also set up, along..Read More
June 25

Foreskin Frank Debut

IA introduces Foreskin Frank at NYC Pride, proclaiming “the foreskin is out of the closet!” The 6-foot intact penis with working foreskin was an instant..Read More
March 30

50,000 Facebook Followers!

The number of followers on Intact America’s main Facebook page surpasses 50,000!
February 13

Tipping Point Strategy Published

Intact America publishes a white paper explaining the organization’s strategic focus on reaching a “tipping point” and describing how this strategy and our tactics differ..Read More
January 16

4th Summit Meeting

The Chicago summit meeting focused on IA’s strategic narrative. All eighteen attendees completed a comprehensive strategic narrative survey based on the work of the Center..Read More
June 26

NYC Pride Float

After eight years marching in NYC Pride, Intact America launches the “Foreskin Pride” campaign with a large float traveling down Fifth Avenue seen by millions..Read More
February 21

#EndThePain AAP Petition

Intact America launches a campaign to tell the AAP to #EndThePain, after a Pediatrics journal article describes the long-term negative consequences of neonatal pain and..Read More
May 29

12,000 U.S. Pediatric Urologists Warned

Intact America mails letters to 12,000 American pediatric urologists to both inform them of the dangers of circumcision and warn them of the legal ramifications..Read More
January 16

CDC Retreats

In response to pro-circumcision guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control in tandem with a publication by the American Academy of Pediatrics, Intact America..Read More
January 15

1,000 Florida Pediatric Urologists Warned

Intact America helps the world understand why a mother would go into hiding with her son to prevent her estranged husband from circumcising their preschooler...Read More
November 24

3rd Summit Meeting

Our third national summit meeting is hosted by Georganne Chapin in her Woodstock, New York home. A dozen intactivists attend after reading George Lakoff’s book..Read More
September 20

1st National Public Opinion Survey

Intact America commissions a preeminent polling firm, Lake Research Associates, to conduct the first ever national survey on American’s attitudes toward circumcision. Among the findings,..Read More
July 30

Handouts, Flyers, and Pamphlets

Intact America creates numerous printed and downloadable flyers and pamphlets for a multitude of outreach events and social media.
September 30

Experimenting On Newborn Boys – Protest

Intact America organizes a protest at TriHealth Good Samaritan Hospital in Cincinnati, demanding that the hospital discontinue an experiment being conducted on newborn boys, comparing..Read More
April 11

ACOG Put On Notice

After Intact America is refused exhibit space at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists convention in New Orleans, the organization organizes a protest at..Read More
March 19

AAP Report Trashed

Intact America alerts the U.S. media and public that a group of respected doctors and medical ethicists from 17 countries published a rebuttal to the..Read More
October 20

Launches “I Did Not Consent” Program

After Intact America is banned from exhibiting at the AAP national convention in New Orleans, IA arrives with a contingent of volunteer demonstrators, launching the..Read More
October 3

Develops “Dogbone” Placard System

Intact America develops a collapsible placard design for street demonstrations. The set of 24 placards with interchangeable posters have been used in dozens of demonstrations..Read More
August 22

Slams AAP Circumcision Policy

Intact America begins a media blitz pointing out the errors and inconsistencies in the AAP’s new technical report. “The report presents highly selective information [in..Read More
March 23

2nd Summit Meeting

Our second summit meeting, hosted by Dan Bollinger, was convened at his Indiana home. Sixteen diverse intactivists read Bill Moyer’s book Doing Democracy: The MAP..Read More
July 17

AIDS 2011 Conference

For the third year, Intact America exhibits at the International AIDS Symposium – this year in Rome – telling the truth that circumcision does not..Read More
April 25

Kicked out of ACOG convention

After being denied a booth inside the exhibit hall of the ACOG convention in New Orleans, IA publishes an open letter in the Washington Post..Read More
April 25

“Put Down the Knife” campaign launched

Intact America launches a “Put Down the Knife” campaign, collecting and forwarding nearly 100,000 electronic messages to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), the American..Read More
July 17

AIDS 2010 Conference

Exhibits at the AIDS 2010 conference in Vienna, Austria, urging policymakers to halt male circumcision rollout, calling the plan exorbitant, dangerous and unethical.
July 1

IA blasts AAP FGM policy

Intact America blasts the American Academy of Pediatrics’ new policy statement calling for doctors to be permitted to inflict a “ritual nick” on little girls’..Read More
May 18

Testifies in Massachusetts Senate

Georganne Chapin testifies on behalf of a Massachusetts Senate bill to ban the genital mutilation of boys, and presents 500 written testimonials collected by Intact..Read More
May 10

25,000 Signatures on CDC Petition

Intact America collects and delivers 25,000 signatures urging the Centers for Disease Control not to recommend neonatal circumcision.
March 11

IA booth at AMSA conference

Intact America staffs a booth at the American Medical Students Association convention in Anaheim, California, encouraging future doctors to rethink the practice of circumcision.
August 15

Lobbies CDC

Intact America attends a Centers for Disease Control conference on HIV prevention, staffing a booth and sponsoring a mobile billboard to tour downtown Atlanta. The..Read More
March 29

30 Years of Intactivism

Intact America co-hosts the “Celebrating 30 Years of Intactivism” event in Washington, DC.
February 10

Intact America is unveiled

Intact America’s founding is announced at its first press conference. Founding executive director Georganne Chapin says: “Before subjecting their newborn sons to painful, risky and..Read More
October 5

Intact America founded at 1st Summit Meeting

Intact America is officially founded at its inaugural Summit Meeting convened in Tarrytown, New York, comprising a large, diverse assemblage of intactivists. IA’s initial mission,..Read More
August 3

AIDS 2008 Conference

Nascent Intact America staffs a booth a the AIDS 2008 conference in Mexico City, stating that circumcision programs will be a dangerous distraction in the..Read More
May 15

4th Aperio meeting

This meeting, hosted by Georganne Chapin in Tarrytown, New York, focused on Intact America’s governance.
March 31

3rd Aperio meeting

Aperio leads a smaller meeting, again with the directors of the “big four.” Georganne Chapin hosts the meeting at her corporate offices in Tarrytown, New..Read More
January 20

2nd Aperio meeting

Aperio leads our second meeting in Dallas, Texas, with the “big four” directors, meeting organizer Georganne Chapin, and about a dozen intactivists. During our roundtable..Read More
November 11

1st Aperio meeting

Directors of the “big four,” along with meeting organizer Georganne Chapin and about a dozen highly motivated intactivists meet in Dallas, Texas, at the offices..Read More
March 30

Smartmeme strategy workshop

Directors of the “big four” intactivist organizations consults with Smartmeme (now Center for Story-Based Strategy) in San Francisco to develop unified messages for the movement...Read More