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This article was originally published in IPS on July 23, 2014. You can access the original article here:

Inter Press Service, a global news agency that focuses on coverage of marginalized communities, brought attention to Tahirih’s call for a coordinated, federal response to the problem of forced marriage in the United States in an article published this week.

The article, “Focus on Child Marriage, Genital Mutilation at All Time High,” covered Girl Summit, a gathering of governments, NGOs, and leaders from around the world committed to ending child/early/forced marriage and FGM within a generation. It features commentary from Tahirih’s Director of Public Policy Archi Pyati.

Pyati told IPS:

“Federal agencies, in a position to respond to forced marriage cases, must work together and with community and NGO partners to ensure thoughtful and coordinated policy development. Teachers, counselors, doctors, nurses and others who are in a position to help a girl or woman to avoid a forced marriage or leave one must be informed and ready to respond.”

Click here to learn more about Tahirih’s role at the Girl Summit.