Forced marriage is a significant, yet hidden, problem in the United States that impacts individuals of every socio-economic status, ethnic, religious and cultural background. More often than not, forced marriage is just one part of a spectrum of other harms that an individual who is forced to marry may face in their lifetime. In fact, forced marriage can often lurk behind the issues that first present themselves including mental health concerns, physical and psychological abuse, sexual assault and rape. 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 protection.
The Tahirih Justice Center's Forced Marriage Initiative is hosting a free webinar to empower hotline advocates to spot the signs of forced marriage, see those at risk and survivors of forced marriage as in scope for shelter and other services, and make meaningful referrals.