Webinar – Spotting Signs of Forced & Child Marriage & Human Trafficking: The Role of Marriage Officiants in the U.S.
Forced and child marriage are significant, yet hidden, problems in the United States that impact women and girls from every socioeconomic status, ethnic and religious background. Victims often face physical and psychological abuse, rape, denial of education and opportunity and minors threatened with forced marriage face increased vulnerability given their significant legal limitations which often restrict their access to services as well as their ability to leave home and seek help and protection. Marriage officiants who encounter forced marriage, child marriage, and human trafficking during their work can play an important role in connecting individuals at risk to the services and support they need to seek safety.
- The nature and scope of forced and child marriage in the U.S.
- The intersectional nature of forced marriage and other forms of abuse including domestic violence, child abuse, sexual assault, and human trafficking
- How to differentiate between real Red Flags vs. Implicit Personal Bias
- Best practices for ensuring both parties to a marriage are giving free and full consent
- Guidance on how to build in natural opportunities for disclosure and resource sharing
- Tips for handling tough conversations and how to balance potential protection with professional obligations
- Where the national movement to end child marriage in the U.S. stands now and opportunities for engagement on advocacy and awareness raising
The Justice of the Peace Association is a professional membership association for civil and secular marriage officiants. The organization connects engaged couples with officiants, sets professional standards and represents membership in public discourse. It is the hub for professional officiants, providing networking, training, and support with the performance of their duties.