Category : Forced Marriage

Will You Marry Me, Later? Age-of-Marriage Laws and Child Marriage in Mexico

Authors: Cristine Belles-Obrero and Maria Lombardi

Publication: August 1, 2021

New research looks at the effect of minimum marriage age reforms in Mexico, and includes insights for advocates working to end child marriage in the United States. Among these is the fact that many Mexican states took an incremental approach to child marriage reform, first raising their minimum marriage age to 16 before eventually ending all marriage under 18, without exceptions – perhaps providing a useful blueprint for effective incremental reform in U.S. states that resist going to age 18 as a first step. The researchers also found that action by the federal government seems to have been critical in pushing states to pass “18, no exceptions” laws, again laying out a strategic model available for U.S. advocates who could push Congress to incentivize more U.S. states to take action.

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A Framework for Identifying and Responding to Cases of Forced Marriage

Author: Forced Marriage Initiative

Publication: July, 2021

This framework provides comprehensive guidance for service providers who may encounter individuals facing forced marriage. It includes an overview of the complex nature of forced marriage cases, tips for screening and conducting a needs assessment, sample intake forms, and appendices offering more specific guidance on safety planning for relocation, travel abroad, family mapping, working with minors, and the intersection of forced marriage with female genital mutilation/cutting.

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What Does the American Public Know about Child Marriage?

AuthorsDavid W. Lawson, Rachel Lynes, Addison Morris, Susan B. Schaffnit

Published: September 23, 2020

This study examined what the public in the United States knows about the issue of child marriage, both worldwide and within the U.S. itself. Researchers discovered significant misconceptions on both fronts, including a widespread and incorrect belief that child marriage was illegal in all 50 states. Read more.

Forced Marriage in Immigrant Communities – Two Page Summary of Tahirih Justice Center Report

Author: Tahirih Justice Center
Publication: 2011
This two page summary of the 2011 Tahirih Justice Center survey on forced marriage in the United States provides an overview of the nature and scope of forced marriage in the U.S. Key findings illustrate that forced marriage is a serious problem in the United States with as many as 3000 cases of forced marriage identified over a two year period and service providers in 47 states having encountered cases.

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Redefining Valid Choice

This webinar features Rebecca Musser, survivor and founder of the Claim Red Foundation and a highly sought after speaker and author of the book “The Witness Wore Red”, a personal account of her struggle to escape a forced marriage within the FLDS (Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints’) and her journey as a key witness in the trials which sought to bring FLDS leaders to justice. During this webinar, Rebecca explores how miseducation, misinformation, and psychological grooming can affect a person’s ability to give valid consent and what we can do to educate and empower individuals.

This webinar was first presented as part of the Forced Marriage Initiative’s Quarterly Webinar Series on June 26th, 2016.

 

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