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Jennifer French



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S2 Ep. 26: Dr. Tamara MC (P2) on the Sufi based cult she grew up in which has led her to advocacy work & writing on child marriage, & human trafficking.

Dr. Tamara MC is a cult, child marriage, and human trafficking survivor. She advocates worldwide for girls and women to live free from gender-based violence. Her Ph.D. is in Applied Linguistics, and she researches how language manipulates vulnerable populations. She's published in prestigious outlets such as The New York Times, New York Magazine, and Salon. She’s currently revising her debut memoir, “Child Bride: My Marriage at 12”. Tamara’s website: Follow Tamara on: Twitter: Instagram:  Links to Tamara’s articles mentioned in the pod: Article in Ms. Magazine: “’Uncultured’: The Intergenerational Trauma of Girls Growing up in Cults”: Essay in Motherwell: “I was a child bride. It’s time to stop teaching young girls to stay sweet”: Our podcast features a beautiful song by Jaia Suri called, “Leaving the Cult”. Subscribe to Jaia Suri on Spotify and access the song here: If you feel moved to support Jaia’s music, please join her Patreon subscribers at: Jennifer is a cult and religious recovery counselor. She is certified in a specialized approach working with survivors that is research-based and rooted in the work of Dr. Gillie Jenkinson. She has a Masters in the Psychology of Coercive Control and functions as an expert witness in such cases. Jennifer is also a research associate at Salford University.  For more information, please visit her website, Follow Jennifer on social media at: Facebook: Instagram: YouTube: If you would like to be on the Project Hope Podcast or have any inquiries regarding the show, please email,

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