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True Crime: Forced Marriage in the U.S. – Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers Explores United States’ Forced Marriage Problem

March 14 @ 12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT

True Crime: Forced Marriage in the U.S. – Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers Explores United States’ Forced Marriage Problem

An Unchained At Last Hybrid Parallel Event at the 68th Session of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women

March 14, 2024

12:30 p.m. ET – 1:30 p.m. EST

Attend in person at:

Church Center for the United Nations

777 United Nations Plaza, New York, NY 10017

Register to attend virtually at https://www.unchainedatlast.org/join-us-and-crime-junkies-ashley-flowers-at-the-un-or-on-zoom/#register

Join Unchained at Last and Ashley Flowers of Crime Junkie in a discussion with American forced and child marriage survivors about how they escaped their nightmare and why they now have partnered with Unchained At Last to make sure the U.S. keeps its promise – under the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals – to eliminate forced and child marriage by the year 2030 and help achieve gender equality.


  • Ashley Flowers, host of Crime Junkie podcast
  • Arlene Nyhof, survivor and advocate
  • Chani Getter, LCSW, survivor and scholar-in-residence at Footsteps
  • Houry Geudelekian, survivor and past chair of NGO CSW/NY
  • Fraidy Reiss, survivor and founder/executive director of Unchained At Last

Sponsored by:

  • Unchained At Last
  • audiochuck

About Commission on the Status of Women

Each year the U.N. hosts CSW, the world’s largest annual gathering on women’s rights, in New York City. Representatives of member states, U.N. entities and approved non-governmental organizations from around the world are invited to attend. The 68th session of CSW takes place 10 to 22 March 2024, on a hybrid basis, with a priority theme of accelerating the achievement of gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls by addressing poverty and strengthening institutions and financing with a gender perspective.

About Unchained At Last

Unchained is a survivor-led NGO dedicated to ending forced and child marriage in the U.S. through direct services and systems change – in line with U.N. Sustainable Development Goal 5.3, which calls for the elimination of child, early and forced marriage by year 2030, since these are recognized as harmful practices that hinder gender equality. Unchained provides crucial legal and social services, always for free, to individuals in the U.S. who are escaping forced marriage and rebuilding their lives. At the same time, Unchained pushes relentlessly for social, policy and legal change. Founded in 2011, Unchained has been an Organization in Special Status with the United Nations Economic and Social Council since 2017.

About Ashley Flowers

Ashley Flowers is a founder/Chief Creative Officer, podcast creator/host, No. 1 New York Times bestselling author and mother. She is the host of the hit true crime podcast Crime Junkie and several other chart-topping shows, including The Deck and The Deck Investigates. Ashley is the founder & CCO of audiochuck, home to industry-leading, advocacy-driven podcasts that have generated over two billion downloads. In just six years, audiochuck has contributed more than $7.5 million to nonprofit organizations and continues to seek out advocacy opportunities across the globe to help solve cold cases, locate missing persons, fund DNA testing and advocate for marginalized communities. Ashley’s passion for advocacy also led her to establish Season of Justice, a nonprofit that provides financial resources to help solve cold cases.



Church Center for the United Nations
777 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017 United States
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March 14
12:30 pm - 1:30 pm EDT
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