Diversity Dialogue: Child Marriage

Child Marriage

January 28, 2020

12:00-1:30 PM

Indiana Institute of Technology

Seitz Conference Center (2nd floor)
of the Andorfer Commons Building 
1600 E. Washington Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46803

Lunch is available for purchase beforehand in the cafeteria. Plan to arrive early if you want to buy lunch. Menu is updated weekly and can be viewed here the week of the event.

Between 2000 and 2015, more than 200,000 children under the age of 18 were married in the United States. The majority of these marriages involved adult men who married underage girls. In Indiana, over 3,000 children were married over that period. Child marriages have been used to cover up forced marriages, rape, child abuse, child sexual abuse, and human trafficking. Marriage before age 18, even if voluntary, has serious risks especially for girls, like steep drop-out rates from school, greater likelihood of poverty, more medical and mental health problems, and increased vulnerability to abuse. Coverage in prominent national and regional media outlets, has begun to draw sharp attention to these acute concerns.

Speaker: Genevieve Meyer

Genevieve Meyer is a co-founder of the Resiliency Foundation, peer coach and committee member of Indiana Coalition to End Sexual Assault, Indiana Protection for Abused and Trafficked Humans Task Force (IPATH), Anti-Trafficking Network of Northern Indiana ( ATNNI), and the national coalition to end child marriage. Genevieve speaks about overcoming trauma and building resilience. She also educates and advocates on the harmful effects of child marriage and works to help individuals of human trafficking go from victims to survivors. Genevieve has been interviewed about child marriage by NBC News, Red Table Talk, and CBSN, among other outlets. Genevieve holds an MBA, HSBCP, B.S. in Human Services from Purdue University, an international relations degree from Indiana University and a master’s degree from Western Governors University.