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Webinar: Forced & Child Marriage in Refugee Communities – Balancing Mandates & Supporting Individuals at Risk
July 30 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Forced and child marriage are significant problems in the United States, impacting individuals from diverse backgrounds and presenting unique challenges for refugee resettlement agencies and other service providers. The reasons for forced and child marriage are complex and varied – families may view marriage as a way to prevent children from becoming “too Westernized,” protect familial reputation or honor, ensure economic security, or help extended family to immigrate. Whatever the rationale, victims often face severe and sustained harm including emotional and psychological abuse, domestic violence, and sexual assault, and often must work through challenging family and community relationships as they weigh their various options.
This webinar will provide an overview of the nature and scope of forced and child marriage in the United States, with a focus on its manifestation within refugee communities. Attendees will be equipped with the knowledge and tools to effectively screen for and identify the complex and intersecting dynamics faced by survivors of forced and child marriage and how to provide appropriate support within your mandate and to make timely and effective referrals.
As a result of participating in this session, participants will be able to:
- Screen and identify individuals at risk and survivor of forced and child marriage in their caseloads;
- Describe the ways in which these forms of harm often intersect with other forms of abuse;
- Articulate the physical and mental health impacts of forced and child marriage;
- Demonstrate an understanding of best practices when responding to survivors and individuals at risk in order to reduce and prevent future harm.