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Chain-In With Unchained At Last

United States > Albany > Legislative Correspondent’s Association, Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building at 198 State Street > 2017-02-14 > 11:00 am

About The Event

Trapped. Silenced. That’s what life is like every day for the thousands of women and girls in the US who are in or facing forced marriages. So what better way to raise awareness about forced and child marriage than by gathering a crowd of protesters dressed in bridal gowns and veils, with their arms chained and mouths taped, to sing and chant and wave signs demanding an end to these human rights abuses? That’s the idea behind the Chain-In, a unique form of peaceful protest that Unchained introduced in 2015. We at Unchained At Last, in partnership with 1 Billion Rising, urge you to Chain-In with us in the New York Statehouse (Albany) to protest child marriage and forced marriage in New York and across the US. We will wear bridal gowns and veils, with our arms chained and mouths taped, to send a powerful message to legislators: Pass the bill Asw. Amy Paulin soon will reintroduce to end child marriage in New York. We will provide bridal attire for all of those interested in dressing up. Please register on our website so we have a correct headcount for dress materials. http://www.unchainedatlast.org/chain-in-registration/ The Chain-In will be held in the Legislative Correspondent’s Association, which is in Room 130 of the Legislative Office Building at 198 State Street. (The room is on the ground floor, a little behind the elevator bank at the back of the well.)

About The Organization

Unchained At Last

Unchained At Last is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriages and rebuild their lives. Unchained also is the only nonprofit in the US dedicated to creating social, policy and legal change to end forced marriage in America.

About The Organizer

Fraidy Reiss

Fraidy was 19 when her family arranged for her to marry a man who turned out to be violent. But with no education or job, in an insular religious community where only men have the right to grant a divorce, she felt trapped.

Still trapped at age 27, Fraidy defied her husband and community to become the first person in her family to go to college. She graduated from Rutgers University at age 32 as valedictorian (called “commencement speaker” at Rutgers).

Her family declared her dead, but Fraidy persevered: With her journalism degree, she was hired as a reporter for the Asbury Park Press in New Jersey, eventually getting promoted to the paper’s elite investigative-reporting team. She went on to a career as an investigator at Kroll, the world’s largest investigations firm. At the same time, Fraidy managed to get divorced, win full custody of her two daughters and get a final restraining order against her ex-husband.

But Fraidy knows that most women and girls who want to flee or resist an arranged/forced marriage are limited by finances, religious law and social customs. For them, Fraidy founded and now leads Unchained At Last.

Fraidy’s writing has been published in the New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, the Star-Ledger and countless other papers in the US and beyond. Stories about her have been published or aired by media outlets including PBS, NPR, New York Times, Financial Times and many others. Fraidy has been a featured speaker at seminars, conferences and other events across the US.

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