Forced Marriage Initiative Project Associate

Job Type

Full Time




Falls Church
United States


Position Summary: The Tahirih Justice Center seeks an empathetic professional to serve as Project Associate in its Forced Marriage Initiative (FMI). Based out of our Washington, DC area headquarters office, the FMI Project Associate will require a high degree of emotional intelligence, cultural humility, and discretion to support women and girls fleeing gender-based violence.

The FMI Project Associate works directly with service seekers facing or fleeing forced marriages, providing them with support and connecting them with resources. He/she also provides technical assistance to service providers nationwide seeking guidance on forced marriage cases. The Project Associate works closely with the FMI Project Manager to develop national resources, conduct outreach and education, and improve public understanding and governmental responses to forced marriage in the United States. The ideal candidate will have experience working with female victims and survivors of violence from multi-cultural backgrounds. This role requires a high degree of professionalism, self-motivation, and a thriving passion for social justice. The successful candidate must be detail and solution-oriented and be able to effectively multi-task in a high-volume, fast paced office.

Primary Responsibilities

Direct Client Services (National):

  • Conduct screening and intake for U.S. individuals facing forced marriage in the Greater D.C. area, nationally, and overseas. 
  • Provide intensive case management services to FMI clients including ongoing risk assessment and safety planning, emotional support, privacy protection planning, relocation counseling and shelter referrals, as well as referrals to appropriate legal, medical and mental health providers.
  • Maintain detailed case records.
  • Identify and document unmet needs and barriers faced by clients and contribute learning from direct services to inform the FMI’s national policy advocacy. 

Service-Provider Support and Technical Assistance (National):

  • Provide national technical assistance to legal and social service providers, teachers, law enforcement, U.S. embassy and consulate staff and others who are working to protect U.S. individuals facing forced marriage here or abroad, including advice related to the dynamics of forced marriage and best practices for response and support.
  • Expand and update the national referral network for forced marriage cases.
  •  Assist in the development of best practices guidance, screening and assessment tools, templates, tips sheets, and other materials for legal and social service providers to better assist individuals at risk.

Outreach/Education (National):

  • Prepare and present local and national trainings and other outreach events on forced marriage in the United States, including webinars and in-person trainings for advocates, law enforcement, and other front line responders.
  • Develop and design outreach materials for individuals at risk of forced marriage, service providers, and other relevant audiences.


  • Represent the Forced Marriage Initiative and Tahirih in local coalition efforts to expand networks of legal and social services support for clients, rooted in Tahirih’s holistic service model.
  • Attend and participate in both internal and external meetings, including collaborative working groups and stakeholder meetings.
  • Recruit and supervise interns for the Forced Marriage Initiative
  • Assist with grant reporting and other administrative tasks supporting the Forced Marriage Initiative.


  • At least two years’ experience working with survivors of domestic violence, sexual assault, or other trauma (preference will be given to candidates with direct social services or crisis management experience)
  • Familiarity with the issue of forced marriage, domestic/family violence, intimate partner violence and/or dating violence dynamics 
  •  Ability to creatively problem-solve under pressure
  •  Ability to work with and coordinate multidisciplinary response teams
  •  An engaging communicator with superior presentation skills that can effectively and independently communicate with diverse audiences and network collaboratively among a variety of stakeholder groups
  • Exceptional organization skills, and ability to manage large amounts of information, multitask, establish priorities, and meet deadlines while working in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent writing skills for a variety of audiences
  • Possesses cultural humility and a strong commitment to equity
  • Comfortable in a collaborative, consultative environment
  • Committed to non-partisanship
  • Bachelor’s degree in related field, advanced degree preferred 


About the Tahirih Justice Center: The Tahirih Justice Center is a growing national non-profit organization that supports the courage of immigrant women and girls who refuse to be victims of violence by providing holistic legal services and advocacy in courts, Congress, and communities. Through pro bono holistic legal services, community outreach and education and nonpartisan public policy advocacy, Tahirih protects women and girls seeking protection from gender-based human rights abuses such as domestic violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, female genital mutilation, honor crimes, and forced marriage. Tahirih is a Bahá'í-inspired organization and works to create a world where women and girls can live in safety and with dignity. Tahirih’s 70 employees work from offices in the DC metro area, Baltimore, Houston, Atlanta, and the San Francisco Bay Area.

Annual salary and benefits: Competitive compensation depends on experience. Generous benefits include fully-paid employee health, vision and dental insurance; a 401(k) defined contribution retirement plan; flexible work schedules; professional development including in-house training programs, staff enrichment retreats and other growth opportunities. Employees have a very generous self-managed leave benefit inclusive of vacation, sick and holidays, including an office closure the week between Christmas and New Year’s.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

4-year degree

How To Apply

Submissions:  Please include a cover letter demonstrating how you meet the above qualifications, a resume and a list of three professional references.

Please note: Candidates must be authorized to work in the United States for any employer.

Start Date: Summer 2018

The Tahirih Justice Center is committed to equal opportunity and promotes equity and transparency as core values. Tahirih practices inclusiveness in decision making through the use of consultation with employees throughout the organization. Tahirih does not discriminate against any person on the basis of actual or perceived race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, citizenship status, age, ability, gender, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, genetic information, arrest record or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state or local laws. Applicants committed to equity from all backgrounds, experiences, abilities and identities are encouraged to apply.