Naila Amin is an Asian-American, citizen raised in the United States (U.S.). Growing up as an adolescent in Queens and Long Island, New York (N.Y.), Naila attended elementary & middle school while she was engaged from the age of 8 and already arranged to be married. As a 13-year old Islamic-Bride living in the U.S. away from her adult/cousin-husband in Pakistan, Naila has become quite accustom to being an American girl living in Queens, N.Y.. This evolved influence, along with her strong-will, created conflicts at home between Naila and her parents.
Domestic complications through child raring in N.Y., landed Naila away from her parents and into several facilities of the foster care system. Crying out for help, Naila sought support from her parents who then illegally sent her back to Pakistan as a ‘silent rescue. She believed her parents were only trying to rid her of the U.S. court system stress but upon her arrival to Pakistan she learned that the ulterior motive was to consummate the marriage as she was at that point (14 years) old enough to have her marriage recognized by the U.S. government.
Against her will, Naila was left in Pakistan to endure the harsh reality of a different life beyond the boarders of the U.S.. For several horrifying months, Naila has made several attempts to escape the confines of this nightmare only to find herself in more conflict and enduring more emotional and physical pain.
Finally, humanity concurred culture when a family member couldnt bear hearing another one of Naila’s near death experiences and eventually informed the U.S. foster care system of her whereabouts. Her parents, U.S. citizens, were forced to bring Naila back to the U.S.
Battling this post-traumatic experience for several years after, Naila decided to dedicate her life’s mission to supporting other children who may encounter these sort of experiences. Today, Naila is the founder of the Naila Amin Foundation and the voice of change for Child Marriage Laws that are a complete contradiction to parallel statutory laws for minors.