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Lisanne Divine
Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees
315-738-1083 ext 146


Radisson Hotel - Utica Centre / Grand Ballroom 
200 Genesee Street
Utica, NY 13501

Reservations: 1-800-395-7046

Telephone: (315) 797-8010

Fax: (315) 797-1490

Driving Directions 

Cost: NO COST to attendees

           Attendance Limited to 120 



Thursday October 13, 2011


Conference & Luncheon:

(Registration & Refreshments 8:00-8:30)

Freshly Brewed Coffees and Teas/Assorted Breakfast Pastries 


Conference Only:

(Registration & Refreshments 8:00-8:30)


Luncheon Only:

(Registration 12:15-12:30)


Buffet Lunch 12:30-1:00

Garden Salad, Pasta Purses w/Marinara, Chicken Franchaise, Broiled Haddock Oreganato, Oven Roasted Potatoes, Roasted Balsamic Vegetables & Desserts

Celebration: 1:00-2:00 


This project was supported by
Grant No. 2009-UWAX-0038 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice.  The opinions, findngs, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women.


Conference: Forced Marriage in the United States

Luncheon: 20th Anniversary Coalition Celebration

Join us in celebrating the 20th Anniversary of the Oneida County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition.


20th Anniversary Celebration Luncheon:
Our 20th Anniversary luncheon celebrates and recognizes the contribution of past and present leaders of the Oneida County Domestic and Sexual Violence Coalition.

Conference:  Forced Marriage In the United States

In recognizing our leaders we also recognize the cultural diversity which defines Oneida County and the importance of serving our community in a culturally and lingustically appropriate manner.

We seek to raise awareness of the possibility of forced marriage in our community: dynamics, indentifying, supporting survivors & addressing, and exploring collaborative community responses.

  • Oneida County has welcomed over 13,000 refugees from over 31 different countries and Utica is home to a 15-18% refugee derived population.  Many of these cultures have traditional practices involving the practice of arranged marriages.
  • An arranged marriage is distinguished by both parties freely consenting to the marriage.  
  • Youth and adults raised in the United States face pressure to follow traditional ways while taking on American culture which can create an environment not conducive to free consent.   
  • A forced marriage is a marriage that is performed without the consent of one or both parties which likely includes coercion and/or pressure to marry in the form of emotional blackmail and/or threats or actual physical violence.
  • 2011 Tahirih Justice Center National Survey Identified as many as 3000 cases within the past two years.


Our conference is being lead by national experts on Forced Marriage in the United States.


Tahirih Justice Center - Jeanne Smoot, Esq., Director of Public Policy


Manavi - Debjani Roy, Program and Development Manager/Advocate


Global Justice Initiative, Inc. - Julia Alanen, Esq., Director/Co-Founder


The Arab-American Family Support Center - Yasmeen Hamza, LMSW

Director of Preventive and Domestic Violence Services

United States Survivor of Forced Marriage Powerfully Shares Her Experience and Dynamics

Gangashakti - Vidya Sri




Intended Audience:  local/national collaborators include domestic violence advocates, legal professionals, criminal justice agencies, social service agencies, educators, healthcare professionals, local representatives of federal agencies, faith leaders, ethnic community leaders   


We invite you to contribute your unique perspective to the conversation.        


Out of town guests lodging is available at the Radison at a conference rate of  $119/night mention Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees for rate. Nearest Airport is Syracuse, NY.


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