Casey Carter Swegman is a nationally recognized expert on the issues of forced and child marriage in the United States. As the Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager she overseas direct services to survivors across the country and provides technical assistance nationally to service providers and advocates. She chairs the national Forced Marriage Working Group which is comprised of experts and advocates, including survivors, committed to contributing deeply to efforts to address the problem of forced marriage in the United States through community level engagement, transformation, and prevention, as well as direct services, and federal and state based policy solutions. At Tahirih, Casey also co-chairs the Gender, Race, Anti-Oppression, Cultural Humility, and Equity Task Force (GRACE) which works collectively to draft and advance diversity, equity, and inclusion goals and to promote an anti-oppression and anti-racist framework throughout the organization.
Casey was the principle content drafter and developer of the Forced Marriage Initiative website, the first U.S. based resource of its kind, and spearheaded the development of comprehensive best practice guidance for responding to cases of forced and child marriage. She engages in extensive domestic and international training and outreach and serves as a liaison to local agencies and service providers working to strengthen the capacity of their local community to respond to cases of forced marriage.
She has also helped lead on state and federal policy advocacy, including Tahirih’s campaign to end child marriage in the United States through state based minimum age of marriage legislation as well as the drafting of core policy priorities for a national action plan to end forced marriage in the United States.
Casey holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from Drexel University and a Master of Arts degree in Conflict Resolution from Georgetown University.