Introducing Frances Nguyen


Frances NguyenFrances Nguyen is a recent law graduate of Lewis & Clark Law School based in Portland, Oregon. In 2011, she traveled to Vietnam and Cambodia to study international criminal law. While in Phnom Penh, she visited the Killing Fields and the Extraordinary Chambers in the Courts of Cambodia (ECCC). Her experience there inspired her to research and write about forced marriage. Last year, she spent a semester working at the Office of the Co-Prosecutors at the United Nations Assistance to the Khmer Rouge Trials (UNAKRT) in Cambodia. At UNAKRT, she worked with Prosecutors to ensure sex and gender-based crimes such as rape and forced marriage were thoroughly investigated and included alongside other crimes against humanity.

At Lewis & Clark, Frances became active in immigration law and civil rights. She volunteered at the Oregon Justice Resource Center by helping refugees fill out their paperwork to become naturalized US citizens. She worked…

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  1. Jake
    Aug 15, 2013 @ 03:51:00

    I’m very impressed and I feel more educated about the plight of forced marriage in the for mentioned areas. You should check out a charity that I’m part of called You may have heard of it. Child and human trafficking in the areas like Cambodia and Vietnam and mostly Philippenes.
    I was watching Al Jazeera today watching the story of Banaz in London who died of an honor killing because she was forced (not arranged) to marry a man 10yrs older than her when she was 17. He raped her and chained her when he left the house. Terrible story. She wanted a divorce so her family said to come to their house where her Uncle and cousins then killed her and put her in a suitcase and tried to bury her and then put a discarded freezer on top of the grave.
    Anyway just wanted to commend you on your efforts and good luck in your endeavors.


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