Target: Layli Miller-Muro, Executive director of the Tahirih Justice Center
Goal: Support the work of a women’s justice center in saving women from forced marriages in the U.S.
Thousands of women from the U.S. are being forced into marriages by their families, and the current U.S. laws can do nothing to stop these women from becoming unhappily and forcibly married. Forced marriages are distinctly different from arranged marriages, in which future couples are acquainted with one another and have mutual agreement and knowledge of the engagement.
The Tahirih Justice Center, which works to help women in forced marriage situations, was recently recognized for their work. Although some women were aided through the diligence of this center and other affiliated programs, many more thousands of women need help.
Many of the women who are forced unwillingly, usually through trickery, into marriages live their lives in the U.S. like other fellow Americans prior to the forced marriage. In many cases, these women have their own dreams and aspirations they are pursuing, and marriage is not in their minds. Women in forced marriages are often abused by their husbands and family and confined to their homes or tightly regulated spaces to prevent escaping.
Sometimes these women even resort to suicide to escape from their marriages, as they feel there is no way out of their plight. Many Americans may not even be aware of the staggering number of forced marriages that occur in the U.S. The Tahirih Justice Center documented approximately 3,000 forced marriages in the U.S. in the span of two years.
By signing the petition below, you are showing support for the incredible individuals working toward liberating women in the U.S. who are being forced into marriages. These suffering women need all the assistance they can get to successfully escape from forced marriages and to pursue their own dreams.
Dear Layli Miller-Muro,
Hearing about the stories of women in the U.S. who are forced into marriages was quite shocking. These individuals are often tricked into these marriages and have little power in overturning them. The work that the Tahirih Justice Center does is quite admirable. These women need resources like this center to take back their freedom and continue pursuing their aspirations in life.
Thank you for the wonderful work that you do through the Tahirih Justice Center. I hope the center continues to grow and to give much needed assistance to the many women who are in need of its resources.
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