Child Marriage Poses Serious Risks to Children
Child marriage remains a serious problem in present-day America. Since 2000, well over 200,000 minors were married, most of them girls married to adult men. Children lack the rights and resources of adults and are more vulnerable to coercion and predation. As a result, many child marriages are forced marriages, and/or are cover-ups for other abuse and exploitation.
Marriage before age 18 has devastating, lifelong consequences, including greater vulnerability to sexual and domestic violence, increased medical and mental health problems, higher drop-out rates from high school and college, greater risk of poverty, and up to 80% divorce rates. Read this backgrounder to learn how child marriage, even if by “choice,” denies young people the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
State laws that allow child marriage to persist can ratchet up these risks. To learn more, explore our 50-state statutory compilation and legislative analyses, survivor story compilation, and other resources at tahirih.org/childmarriage.
Amicus Brief Filed in Alvarez‐Espino v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in support of a U-visa petitioner facing potential deportation. The brief highlights the severe harm that survivors and others will suffer if they are deported while their U-visa petitions remain pending.
Tahirih Statement on Executive Order to Suspend Immigration
Last night, the administration issued an executive order that will temporarily suspend some immigration to the United States. The Tahirih Justice Center condemns this order, which comes at a time– a global pandemic– when survivors need to feel comfortable seeking safety.
Tahirih Comments on CDC Rule and Border Expulsions
On April 23, 2020, the Tahirih Justice Center submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in response to the Interim Final Rule (IFR) issued by the agency on March 20, 2020 entitled: “Control of Communicable Diseases; Foreign Quarantine: Suspension of Introduction of Persons Into United States From Designated Foreign Countries or Places for Public Health Purposes.”
Letter to the Acting Director of Atlanta Field Office
This letter was sent to the Acting Director of Atlanta Field Office, Office of Enforcement & Removal Operations, in support of a Tahirih Atlanta client who is currently detained.
Tahirih Statement on Threat to Suspend Immigration to the U.S.
Yesterday, the administration announced a proposed executive order that would temporarily suspend all immigration to the United States. The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned by this news and continues to monitor for policy updates.
Letter to DHS and CDC on COVID-19 and the Expulsions of Asylum Seekers
The Tahirih Justice Center signed a letter, joined by over 120 legal, faith-based, humanitarian, human rights and community organizations, to object to the Department of Homeland Security’s closure of the southern border during the COVID-19 pandemic. Closing the border will deny individuals fleeing violence the right to seek life-saving protection in the United States.