7 2018

Forced and Child Marriage in the United States

10:00AM - 11:00AM  

Arnold Hall, Jewish Studies Center

Contact Mark Swick

Forced and Child Marriage in the United States: What You Need to Know and it's Impact on the Jewish Community

While the US government and US-based NGOs work to end child marriage and related humanrights
abuses everywhere else around the globe, laws and policies here at home allow and, in some cases, even encourage them. Fraidy Reiss will talk about when, where, how and why these forms of gender-based violence persist in the US; why they're of particular concern to the Jewish community; and how you can help stop them. Reiss, who fled her own forced marriage in the ultraOrthodox Jewish community, now leads a growing national movement to end forced and child marriage in the U.S.

Fraidy Reiss is the Founder and Executive Director of Unchained At Last, the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Fraidy is recognized internationally as an expert on forced and child marriage in America. Her writing on the subject has been published in the New York Times, Washington Post and countless other publications in the US and beyond. Legislation she helped to write to end or reduce child marriage has been introduced and, in some cases, already passed in multiple US states.

Sponsored by the School of Languages, Cultures, and World Affairs

Sponsor: Yaschik/Arnold Jewish Studies Program