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National Webinar – Who’s Speaking Up, or Falling Silent? Reflections From Advocates and Helplines on the Impact of Forced Marriage Criminalization in the U.K.

November 15, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The United Kingdom and the United States share a domestic human rights problem — every year, thousands of individuals living within their borders are at risk of being forced into marriages they do not want, by families that use coercive tactics that can include severe emotional abuse as well as physical abuse or threats.

But the governments’ responses in the two countries look very different. The U.S. is just beginning to recognize the problem, and to consider enacting laws to tackle forced marriage. In the U.K., after more than a decade of innovative engagement that included the passage of civil laws on forced marriage, and after intense national debate, “forced marriage” was made a distinct criminal offense in 2014.

During this webinar, a panel that includes both U.K. government and NGO service providers and advocates will share their reflections on the impact that criminalizing forced marriage has had since 2014, including on:

  • Survivor safety and decision making
  • Community awareness and attitudes
  • Professionals’ awareness and responsiveness

Date: Tuesday, November 15

Time: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m. Eastern Standard Time

Cost: The webinar is free to all participants.

Intended Audience: Educators and school/university staff, youth advocates, social workers and counselors, community advocates, domestic violence and legal service providers, shelter staff, and others who may encounter survivors or individuals facing forced marriage as part of their work.

Where: Offered online. Webinar link and dial in number available as an alternative to internet sound and those unable to connect will be sent automatically following registration.


Marai Larasi, MBE – Executive Director of Imkaan

Priya Chopra – Chief Executive of Saheli

Chaz Akoshile – Joint Head of the U.K. Forced Marriage Unit (FMU), a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit



November 15, 2016
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm
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Tahirih Justice Center – Forced Marriage Initiative


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