Media Highlights

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.

Let me tell you what forced marriage in America looks like

11/16/2017 – Thomson Reuters Foundation News publishes an op-ed article Fraidy wrote about her personal story and her work, through Unchained, to end forced and child marriage in America.

Child marriage is happening at an alarming rate across the U.S.

11/16/2017 – CNN publishes an op-ed article Fraidy wrote about the rate of child marriage in the U.S.

Why Does the US Have So Many Child Brides?

10/23/2017 – BBC shines a spotlight on child marriage in America including an interview with Fraidy.

Despite Progress, Child Marriage is Still Legal in All 50 States

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.

Child Marriage in America: By the Numbers

7/6/2017 – At first, almost no one believe Fraidy Reiss when she said child marriage happens in the United States, reports PBS’ Frontline.

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.)

Child Brides

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.

Advocates Work to End Child Marriage in the U.S.

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.

‘It was forced on me’: Child marriage in the U.S.

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.

Was Christie’s cruel veto on child marriage bill ignorance or malice?

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.

Why is child marriage legal in all 50 states?

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.

Child brides are a little-known, but very real, problem in America today

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.

Why does the United States still let 12-year-olds get married?

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.

BBC’s The Conversation: Forced marriage

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.

Unchained at Last founded by ex-Orthodox Jewish bride aids women and girls escape forced marriages

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.

Uncovering the problem of forced marriage in the U.S.

9/13/2016 – Fraidy shares her personal story on PBS Newshour, as part of a two-part segment about forced marriage in the US.

Fighting to end the international practice of child marriages

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.




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.)

Fraidy Reiss: Breaking the chains of religious tradition

4/25/2012 – The op-ed article Fraidy wrote, described below, was republished April 25 in the Huffington Post.

Breaking the chains of religious tradition

4/24/2012 – The op-ed article Fraidy wrote, described below, was republished in the Washington Post.

Among N.J. Orthodox Jewish women, child custody fears form barrier to freedom

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-Ledgers 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.)

Strict divorce rules leave women ‘chained’ to husbands

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.