Presented by the International Family Law Committee.
Casey Carter Swegman, Director of Public Policy, Tahirih Justice Center
Maricarmen Garza, Chief of Programs, Tahirih Justice Center
Bushra Husain, Program Director of Manhattan Non-Residential Services, Sanctuary for Families
Caroline M. Grosshans, Senior Staff Attorney, Campus Advocates Project, Sanctuary for Families
• Overview of forced and child marriage in the United States (definition and prevalence) and globally, particularly cross-border forced and child marriages
• Current legal landscape (federal and state level; and some other foreign jurisdictions, (Canada, UK, and Australia) regulating domestic and foreign forced and child marriage;
• Warning signs and red flags of forced and child marriage, particularly when women and children are trafficked across borders for marriage
• Case studies of successful legal strategies (CHINS petitions, protection orders, annulment, divorce) with a focus on cross-border marriages and how to assist immigrant women and children in forced marriages in the US and American women and children in forced marriages overseas
• Reflections on child marriage cases with child protection system involvement
• Best practices when representing a child in marriage proceedings and other legal matters and address special issues in representing immigrant youth in child marriage proceedings.