Child Marriage in the United States: A Serious Problem With a Simple First-Step Solution
Child marriage remains a serious problem in present-day America that has devastating, lifelong consequences. Read this backgrounder to learn more about the prevalence of child marriage in the United States, the laws that allow it to persist, and the ways in which it denies young people the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
Updated Appendices to “Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America”
These appendices accompany the Tahirih Justice Center’s 2017 report, “Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America”. The fundamental analysis in the report remains current, but the first two appendices to this report have been replaced by new “scorecards” on states’ minimum marriage age laws (updated as of July 1, 2019), to reflect changes that many states have made to their minimum marriage age laws through June 2019.
Policy Advocacy to End Child Marriage in the U.S.
The Tahirih Justice Center is proud to help lead the campaign to end child marriage across the nation, working with survivor advocates to change antiquated state laws that fail to protect children from abuse and coercion. This document provides an overview of state legislative reforms made to date, and progress still needed.
Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions
This chart, which was developed by the Tahirih Justice Center with pro bono assistance from Hogan Lovells US LLP, serves as a resource for understanding the state legal regimes that permit child marriages to happen in the United States. It is an eye-opening compilation of all 50 states’ laws on minimum marriage age and exceptions that among other things, highlights how many states set which age “floors” for marriage.
*This chart was updated on July 1, 2019 to reflect changes in minimum marriage age laws through June 2019.
Tahirih Statement on Georgia Child Marriage Law
The Tahirih Justice Center celebrates the passage of a new law in Georgia limiting marriage to adults age 18 or older, with a narrow exception only for 17-year-old minors that have been emancipated after a special proceeding before a juvenile court. The legislation also contains other key measures to prevent abuse and exploitation in the guise of marriage.
Brief Analysis of Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection Families and Care Panel Recommendations
Tahirih analyzes the Homeland Security Advisory Council’s Customs and Border Protection Families and Children Care Panel report which outlines several recommendations regarding care and processing for asylum seeking families and children. Tahirih opposes many of the recommendations for being at odds with standard child protection principles.
Administrative and Court Decisions Impacting Immigrant Survivors
This document from the Alliance for Immigrant Survivors outlines administrative and immigrant court changes that undermine protections for immigrant survivors of violence.