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Forced Marriage Initiative Brochure: Marriage is Your Choice – Know the Facts. Know Your Rights.

Author: Forced Marriage Initiative Publication: June, 2015 This brochure provides an overview of forced marriage in the United States as well as basic safety tips for survivors and the services offered by the Forced Marriage Initiative at Tahirih Justice Center.
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Forced Marriage Safety Card for Healthcare Providers

Authors: Futures Without Violence, Tahirih Justice Center
Published: March 2021
Healthcare providers are a crucial point of contact for survivors and individuals facing forced marriage. Tahirih collaborated with Anisa Ali of Futures Without Violence to create a resource specifically focused on forced marriage to be made available in healthcare settings. This tool is most effective when placed in private areas such as restrooms and exam rooms, and may be given to patients routinely as part of regular visits, or upon disclosure of abuse. Included are definitions of forced marriage and how it differs from arranged marriage, indicators of force, fraud and coercion, information about the health consequences of forced and child marriage, and resources for individuals facing forced marriage to seek support. When printed, the safety card can be folded to the size of a business card to allow for discretion when sharing it with at-risk patients. It can also be used as a script for providers, and given to the patient as a resource to let them know that Marriage is Your Choice.
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Books About Forced Marriage

Written In The Stars - Aisha Saeed This heart-wrenching novel explores what it is like to be thrust into an unwanted marriage. Has Naila’s fate been written in the stars? Or can she still make her own destiny? Naila’s conservative immigrant parents have always said the same thing: She may choose what to study,…


Holly Ramer, “Marriage Age Increase among New NH Laws Taking Effect Jan. 1,” WMUR 9 News (December 30, 2018). New Hampshire’s minimum age of marriage will be 16 starting January 1, up from 13 for girls and 14 for boys. The new law is an accomplishment for incoming state representative Cassie Levesque, who starting campaigning…


Nick McCarthy, “Revealed: Police Secure Court Orders to Protect Victims of Forced Marriage,” Birmingham Mail (January 4, 2017). This article shares data on forced marriage prosecutions and protection orders from the West Midlands police in the UK. While they have received frequent requests for help related to forced marriage and have been able to obtain…