Child marriage is a serious, but neglected problem, right here in the United States. Our research in partnership with Hogan Lovells and Unchained At Last uncovered the alarming truth: Thousands of children — mostly girls — have been married over the last decade in Virginia, Maryland, Texas, and other states because of negligent and outdated laws.
Spurred by our advocacy, Virginia passed a Tahirih-drafted law to protect vulnerable children from coerced and forced marriage. We hope the state’s action will inspire a ripple effect — because similar reforms are desperately needed across the country. Read more about the impact of the historic victory here.
At this crucial juncture in the movement to end child marriage in the United States, we need as many allies as possible!
If child marriage in the United States hits home for you, we’re asking for your help to show the public and policymakers why it has devastating consequences and should be eliminated.
Child marriage is a global problem, and we’re part of it. Please join us to be part of the solution.
If you are now over the age of 18 and interested in sharing your experiences with Tahirih Justice Center, please fill out the contact form below. A Tahirih staff member may contact you to talk about the many different ways that you could share all or part of your story, publicly or anonymously. Opportunities vary from media interviews to one-paragraph case examples on our website.
Please provide as much information as is comfortable for you to share. We will only use this information to enable us to contact you, and we will not make it public in any way without your permission.
To recap, please fill out this contact form only if you are:
- Over 18;
- In a safe and secure place now to share your story; and
- Have suffered consequences either from a child marriage that took place in the U.S. (whether it took place by choice, or by force) or because you had to run away or take other drastic steps to avoid a marriage under age 18.
If you are in need of current assistance with a forced marriage, however, please contact our Forced Marriage Initiative at FMI@tahirih.org or 571-282-6161.