To end child marriage and exploitation through research, education, and advocacy.
Our organization is founded by a human trafficking/ child marriage survivor, is run by survivors for survivors.
We support survivors- all programs are survivor led
- We offer virtual peer support groups & community
- We connect survivors with resources & such as:
- Advocacy workshops
- Mental health services.
We educate through trainings, tool kits, work shops and technical support
- Law enforcement
- Healthcare professionals
- Social workers
- Parents & families
- Community Members
Research and work to end legal loopholes that allow exploitation
- Working to end child marriage in the remaining 43 states where child marriage has not been fully banned
- Working to hold big tech accountable for allowing users to exploit children.
- Working to close the spousal visa loophole that allows American girls to be exploited for their Visas.
- Working to raise awareness about FGM and end this horrific practice nation wide
The Resiliency Foundation was founded on the belief that every individual possesses the resilience to overcome insurmountable odds. It is our mission to help victims and survivors of forced marriage, human trafficking, and sexual abuse become thrivers. In other words, we are committed to ending modern slavery and exploitation.
In 2019, The Resiliency Foundation was founded as a direct service provider with a focus on mental health and overcoming trauma associated with child marriage, human trafficking, and sexual abuse. Our founder, Genevieve Meyer, is a survivor of child marriage and has years of experience working with healthcare providers, offering a unique perspective and skillset to the movement. However, as the work began and Genevieve shared her story, it became evident that she and the foundation could have a greater impact working to educate the general public on the issues and change legislation that fails to protect the vulnerable. Working closely with Tahirih Justice Center and other partner agencies, we help draft policy and then successfully lobbied the Indiana State Legislature to pass a minimum marriage for the state.
This level of success is uncommon in the first year of an organization’s existence and we plan to continue leveraging this momentum to:
- Focus on and provide leadership on the issue of domestic forced marriage while setting policy guidelines for legislators at all levels of government including a minimum marriage age of 18 or 17 with judicial review.
- Collect survivor stories and data to guide our advocacy efforts and meet the needs of the people most effected.
- Create trainings and toolkits in order to reach a broader audience on the issues of child marriage and exploitation and what can be done.
- Establish a Midwest Coalition to End Child Marriage to continue the mission of the foundation, build capacity through organizations, agencies, and individuals working toward the same goals, and strategically target policymakers to create lasting legislative change.
Resiliency Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.
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