Match-Made in Cyberspace: How Best to Regulate the International Mail-Order Bride Industry

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Dorsey & Whitney Student Writing Prize In Comparative And International Law Outstanding Note Award Winner

In 2006, Congress enacted the “International Marriage Broker Regulation Act of 2005” (“IMBRA”) to address the growing concern over the incidence of domestic violence among mail-order brides. After providing an overview of the mail-order bride industry in the U.S. and a critical analysis of the legislation, this Note argues that IMBRA does not extend far enough to achieve its stated goal. While IMBRA embodies a bold attempt to combat domestic violence among mail-order brides, it fails to address the legally-sanctioned tool that fosters and perpetuates abusive relationships among immigrant women and their citizen husbands—the U.S. immigration laws.