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Willingness of “Mail-Order Bride” Companies to Provide Services to Violent Men

Willingness of “Mail-Order Bride” Companies to Provide Services to Violent Men

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Worth reading! According to this study, “mail-order brides” are subjected to heightened levels of domestic violence. In
1999 Equality Now launched an undercover research initiative to document the response of “mailorder
bride” companies to inquiries from men with a history of violent behavior and previous
marital problems, and the extent to which such men would be readily accepted and assisted in their
search for foreign brides
Worth reading! According to this study, “mail-order brides” are subjected to heightened levels of domestic violence. In
1999 Equality Now launched an undercover research initiative to document the response of “mailorder
bride” companies to inquiries from men with a history of violent behavior and previous
marital problems, and the extent to which such men would be readily accepted and assisted in their
search for foreign brides

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EQUALITY NOW
The Willingness of “Mail-Order Bride” Companies toProvide Services to Violent Men
info@equalitynow.orgwww.equalitynow.org
 
EQUALITY NOW 
was founded in 1992 to work for the protection and promotion of the human rights of women around theworld. Working with national human rights organizations and individual activists, Equality Now documents violence anddiscrimination against women and adds an international action overlay to support their efforts to advance equality rights anddefend individual women who are suffering abuse. Through its Women’s Action Network, Equality Now distributes informa-tion about these human rights violations to concerned groups and individuals around the world, along with recommendedactions for publicizing and protesting them. The Women’s Action Network is committed to voicing a worldwide call forjustice and equality for women. Issues of urgent concern to Equality Now include rape, domestic violence, reproductiverights, trafficking of women, female genital mutilation, and equal access to economic opportunity and political participation.
EGALITE MAINTENANT 
a été fondée en 1992 afin de travailler pour la protection et la promotion des droits humains de lafemme dans le monde entier. Travaillant avec des associations nationales pour les droits humains et avec des activistesindividuels, Egalité Maintenant documente la violence et la discrimination contre les femmes, en ajoutant un élémentd'action internationale pour soutenir les efforts de ces associations et activistes pour avancer les droits de la femme, et pourdéfendre des femmes individuelles maltraitées. Au moyen du Réseau Action Femmes, Egalité Maintenant transmet desrenseignements sur ces violations des droits humains aux groupes et aux individus intéressés partout dans le monde, avec desactions recommandées pour faire connaître au public ces violations, et pour protester contre elles. Le Réseau Action Femmesreprésente une force internationale d'activisme, capable d'une réponse rapide et concertée aux situations de crise et engagée àfaire appel mondial pour la justice et l'égalité pour la femme. Les problèmes urgents auxquels s'intéresse Egalité Maintenantcomprennent: le viol, la violence familiale, les droits de reproduction, la traite des femmes, la mutilation génitale féminine,l'égalité des chances économiques, et l'accès égal à la participation politique.
IGUALDAD YA 
fue fundada en 1992 con el propósito de trabajar a favor de la protección y promoción de los derechoshumanos de las mujeres en todo el mundo. Trabajando junto a organizaciones nacionales de derechos humanos y conactivistas individuales, Igualdad Ya documenta casos de violencia y discriminación contra las mujeres y agrega un componentede acción internacional para apoyar sus esfuerzos para avanzar los derechos de igualdad y defender casos individuales demujeres que sufren abusos. A través de su Red de Acción Mujeres, Igualdad Ya disemina información acerca de estasviolaciones de derechos humanos entre grupos e individuos interesados en todo el mundo, junto con recomendaciones deacciones para publicitar y protestar estos casos. La Red de Acción Mujeres es un ejemplo de activismo internacional capaz dedar una respuesta rápida y concertada a situaciones de crisis. La Red se compromete a dar voz a un llamado mundial a lajusticia y la igualdad para las mujeres. Los temas de preocupación urgentes para Igualdad Ya incluyen la violación sexual, laviolencia doméstica, los derechos reproductivos, el tráfico de mujeres, la mutilación genital femenina y el acceso igualitario alas oportunidades económicas y la participación política.
 
EQUALITY NOW
The Willingness of “Mail-Order Bride” Companies to Provide Services to Violent MenSummary of Research Results
It is evident from press reports and other anecdotal evidence that has come to the attention of Equality Now that “mail-order brides” are subjected to heightened levels of domestic violence. In1999 Equality Now launched an undercover research initiative to document the response of “mail-order bride” companies to inquiries from men with a history of violent behavior and previousmarital problems, and the extent to which such men would be readily accepted and assisted in their search for foreign brides.The Equality Now research project sent “mail-order bride” companies an e-mail purportedly from aman seeking to obtain introductions to foreign women for the purpose of marriage, who in the e-mail stated that he had plead guilty to disorderly conduct in the context of criminal charges of assault brought by his two ex-wives. The e-mail also mentioned that he had substantial alimony andchild support obligations and asked if any of these facts would prevent him from using the servicesof the company.Sixty-six responses were received. Of these, three companies refused the fictitious customer service, four requested additional information and fifty-nine were willing to accept him as acustomer. From the three companies that refused service, reasons given were because of his“temper”, his “convictions” and his “legal background problems”. Only one of the companies thatrefused him service said they did a background check to assure their female clients that the malecustomer has “no prior criminal history and most importantly no domestic abuse history.” Thosecompanies which hesitated to accept him as a customer asked for more information about thecircumstances of the assault charges, how he had changed and how he would be able to support aforeign wife without English language skills who would not be able to work for some time. Onecompany willing to work with the customer stated, “We never refuse any clients that come to uswith the exception of incarcerated people.” Some companies advised the customer not to revealanything about his abusive background to the potential bride.While some companies recommended disclosure by the male customer of negative backgroundinformation to a prospective bride, none required it or said that they would be compelled to discloseit. “As far as sponsoring your alien fiancee, the government couldn’t care less if you’re Jack theRipper as long as you’re out of jail and free to marry,” said one company in response to the inquiry.Copies of the correspondence received from each “mail-order bride” company are annexed. Theresults of Equality Now’s research initiative document the complete indifference of “mail-order bride” companies to the risk of violence to which they are subjecting foreign women. Even whenthey were made aware of such risk by self-proclaimed offenders, these companies were prepared toproceed and put women in situations where violence would clearly be a likelihood.E
QUALITY
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OW WORKS FOR THE CIVIL, POLITICAL, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RIGHTS OF WOMEN AROUND THE WORLD.

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