Column: How I came to report on forced marriage — in the U.S.

The beginning of my journey reporting this story began with a casual conversation with a friend at a food court in New York in 2012. “I know you are writing about child marriage in Afghanistan and India and lots of other places,“ she said. “What about what’s happening here in New York?” At first, I thought she was joking. She was not. In a conversation I have thought about countless times since, she began to tell me about her friend, a New York City public school teacher, who was watching some of his best students leave his classroom against their will. Read more here: