Forced Marriage in the US
*Adeela, a 17-year-old high school student from Atlanta, was under intense pressure to drop out of school and marry a man chosen by her parents. While Adeela hated the idea of leaving school and marrying a stranger she didn’t love, she knew that if she refused, she would face physical punishment or even death. Adeela confided in her cousin, Prema, who was in a forced marriage. Even though Prema managed to get a divorce, she understood the risks her cousin faced. Prema also knew she was Adeela’s only hope, which is why she turned to the AHA Foundation for help. Working with law enforcement, the AHA Foundation was able to help Adeela get a legal order of protection to keep her parents from harming her and move both to a new, undisclosed location where she and her cousin would be safe from their family and community members.