Unchained has developed an original educational program about arranged/forced marriage that it presents for family-law judges, to help prepare judges in case they preside over a forced-marriage matter. The program, which usually takes about 60 to 90 minutes, explores issues such as:
~ What is forced marriage? What is arranged marriage?
~ How widespread is arranged/forced marriage in the US? In which communities does it happen?
~ Is forcing someone to marry legal in the US? What are the relevant laws and policies, and how do they compare to other countries?
~ How is forced marriage different from other forms of domestic violence?
~ What legal issues arise when a woman or girl tries to resist or leave a coercive marriage?
~ What role do religious courts play in divorce, and how do religious courts intersect with civil courts?