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Forced and Child Marriage in the U.S. and Beyond, and the Role of Family Law Attorneys in Prevention and Response
Presented by the International Family Law Committee.

SPEAKERS:
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

TOPICS:
• 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.

Mar 6, 2023 02:30 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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