Esther’s Story

Esther was 17 when her parents married her off; she met her groom for 20 minutes before she was engaged to him. It was a terrible marriage from the start: Her husband not only raped her but arranged for other men to rape her too.

Esther finally got divorced after nearly a decade of abuse. But her problems have not ended. Esther felt coerced into having her divorce arbitrated by a religious court, and her divorce agreement includes a standard provision: that she will raise her children in the same insular religion in which she was raised and married. Her agreement also says she must behave according to strict religious law inside and outside her home as a condition of retaining custody of her children.

Esther needs a pro bono attorney to help her fight for her right to make her own decisions about religion. Can you help?

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