Law Enforcement Training
Unchained has developed an in-depth training program about forced marriage that it presents to law-enforcement personnel, typically at police academies. The program, which lasts about 60 to 90 minutes (depending on the academy’s preference), helps police recognize and react effectively in forced-marriage situations.
The program explores issues including:
~ What is forced marriage? What is arranged marriage?
~ How widespread is arranged/forced marriage in the US? In which communities does it happen?
~ Do current laws allow forced marriage? Do current laws allow child marriage?
~ How is forced marriage different from other forms of domestic violence, requiring a vastly different response from police?
~ How does forced marriage intersect with human trafficking?
~ Under what circumstances do police officers typically get called in to a forced-marriage situation?
~ What resources are available to women and girls in forced-marriage situations, to which law enforcement can point them?