Casey Carter Swegman
Forced Marriage Initiative Program Manager, Tahirih Justice Center
Casey Swegman is a nationally recognized expert on the issue of forced marriage in the United States. As the Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager, she chairs the national Forced Marriage Working Group and coordinates the National Network to Prevent Forced Marriage provides direct social services to individuals facing forced marriages, fields technical assistance requests from service providers across the country, and leads policy efforts to improve survivors access to services and justice. She was the principle content drafter and developer of the Forced Marriage Initiative website (preventforcedmarriage.org) and she engages in extensive domestic and international outreach and training on this issue. She also serves as a liaison to agencies and service providers in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, strengthening the capacity of the local community to respond to cases of forced marriage. Ms. Swegman holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Drexel University and a Master of Arts Degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University. She has presented at numerous national conferences including the National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) Tech Summit, the North American Refugee Health Conference, and the National Center for Victims of Crime Conference. She has been featured as an expert on forced marriage at seminars and panel discussions in the U.S. and internationally, and has been interviewed by NPR, Reuters, PBS News Hour, and the Houston Chronicle, among others.