Unchained works hard to educate the public and policymakers about forced and child marriage in America, through various channels including presentations, training sessions for key groups, social media and news media. Here are some of Unchained’s favorite media highlights, including television, radio and print stories about Unchained and op-ed articles Unchained’s founder/executive director, Fraidy Reiss, has written.
7/26/2017 – Fraidy writes an update for Nicholas Kristof’s blog in the New York Times, showing that many U.S. legislators still cling to child marriage.
Girls in White Dresses
Summer 2017 – Gayle Tzemach Lemmon, writing for Ms. Magazine, examines forced child marriage in America and Unchained’s work to end this human-rights abuse. (Not available online.)
6/14/2017 – Full Frontal With Samantha Bee reveals the shocking truth about child marriage in America and recognizes Unchained’s leadership role in working to end it.
6/20/2017 – NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro of Weekend Edition speaks with Fraidy about Unchained’s work to end child marriage in every U.S. state.
5/26/2017 – Nicholas Kristof writes an op-ed column in the New York Times about child marriage in the U.S., including comments from Fraidy and information about her story and her work, through Unchained, to end forced and child marriage in America.
5/16/2017 – The Star-Ledger publishes an op-ed article Fraidy wrote about New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie’s outrageous conditional veto of the bill that would have ended child marriage in New Jersey.
5/7/2017 – Along with a stunning documentary about an activist working to end child marriage in Nepal, CBS News features this interview with Fraidy, who gets emotional when asked about her parents: They shunned her more than a decade ago, when she fled her abusive arranged marriage. Additionally, CBSN posts this web extra with more footage of the interview with Fraidy.
3/17/2017 – Fraidy talks about her own traumatic experience in an abusive arranged marriage, and her work to end child marriage across the US, on Public Radio International’s The World.
2/12/2017 – Washington Post publishes Fraidy’s op-ed article about child marriage, on the front page of the Sunday Outlook section. The article reveals that nearly a quarter-million children as young as 12 were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010, mostly girls wed to adult men. The op-ed is among the five most-read articles on the Post website; it garners nearly a million unique views.
1/30/2017 – Fraidy and Jasvinder Sanghera of Karma Nirvana (UK) share their surprisingly common personal experiences on BBC’s The Conversation: Both faced a forced marriage as a teen. Both were shunned by their families when they rejected the marriage. Both later founded NGOs to help other women and girls.
10/16/2016 – The New York Daily News describes the traumatic events that led Fraidy to found Unchained in 2011 and help other women and girls escaping forced marriages.
9/13/2016 – Fraidy shares her personal story on PBS Newshour, as part of a two-part segment about forced marriage in the US.
2/23/2016 – Child marriage “is legal in the United States and … is happening in the United States,” Fraidy explains in this Al Jazeera America interview.
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Showdown on HuffPo Live
8/20/2012 – Fraidy appears on HuffPo Live to take on a group of panelists who are enamored of arranged marriage. (Link no longer available.)
4/25/2012 – The op-ed article Fraidy wrote, described below, was republished April 25 in the Huffington Post.
4/24/2012 – The op-ed article Fraidy wrote, described below, was republished in the Washington Post.
4/15/2012 – Women in the U.S. in 2012 fear, legitimately, that they might lose their children if they lose their religion, as Fraidy explained in this opinion piece published on the front page of the Star-Ledger‘s Perspective section. The Star-Ledger also published an accompanying breakout box about Unchained and a photo of Fraidy that ran with the headline, “Breaking the chains: Shackled by an arranged marriage and religious customs, a New Jersey woman finds her freedom and tries to help others, too.”
Featured on the Jeff Probst Show
9/11/2012 – Fraidy is interviewed on the Jeff Probst Show on NBC TV. (Link no longer available.)
8/3/2011 – Orthodox Jewish law does not allow a woman to divorce her husband, as explained in this op-ed article by Unchained founder/executive director published in The Jewish Daily Forward.