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Resources: November 2011

“Strengthening the protection of women from torture and ill-treatment” Statement by Manfred Nowak

September, 2011

This statement was originally presented at the side-event “Acid burning attacks – victimization, survivors, support”, sponsored by Women’s UN Report Network, Worldwide Organization for Women and NGO Committee on the Status of Women- Geneva.

Survey on Forced Marriage in Immigrant Communities in the United States

September, 2011

The Tahirih Justice Center (Tahirih) is one of the nation’s foremost legal defense organizations protecting women and girls fleeing human rights abuses. Through direct legal services, public policy advocacy, and public education and outreach, since 1997, Tahirih has assisted over 12,000 immigrant women and children from all over the world fleeing such abuses as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, torture, female genital mutilation, “honor” crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih also leads national advocacy campaigns on a range of issues, building on our direct services experiences, to press for systemic changes in laws, policies, and practices to better protect women and girls from violence.

Guide to Establishing the Asylum Eligibility of Victims of Human Trafficking and Forced Marriage

January, 2011

Every year, hundreds of thousands of people become victims of human trafficking or forced marriage. Some are taken away from their home countries and moved abroad, where they are forced to engage in prostitution, other forms of labor, or marriage. Others are trafficked internally within their countries of origin. Those who escape or are rescued may want nothing more than to return home. Others may legitimately fear being punished or re-trafficked if they return. Trafficked persons who do not wish to return home must seek protection in another country.

Agency Practice Guidelines for Forced Marriage

January, 2011

This report was written by Eleanor Stobart on behalf of the Forced Marriage Unit (a joint Foreign & Commonwealth Office and Home Office Unit) in collaboration with the Association of Chief Police Officers, Crown Prosecution Service, Department for Children, Schools and Families, Department for Communities and Local Government, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, Department of Health, Ministry of Justice and the Welsh Assembly Government. The Forced Marriage Unit would like to express their gratitude to all those involved in the drafting of these guidelines.

A Guide To Human Rights Standards & Mechanisms Relevant To Fundamentalisms

March, 2008

UN declarations and treaties of relevance to the protection and promotion of human rights in contexts of rising fundamentalisms.