Summary of Marriage Age Reforms Achieved across the U.S.
Since 2016, 27 U.S. states have enacted legislative reforms to end or limited child marriage and this summary offers a concise look at the impacts of these reforms. Variations in minimum age of marriage, legal emancipation requirements, judicial responsibilities, and allowable age differences between spouses, among other legal limitations, are highlighted to give a complete view of what incremental progress has looked like in those states that have not yet set a bright line age of marriage at 18 without exceptions. This document compliments the Map of Legislative Reforms to give more detailed information on current marriage laws in those 27 states that have initiated reforms.
Analysis of Minimum Marriage Age Laws and Age-Based Sex Offenses in the U.S.
This first-of-its-kind policy memo (2020) analyzes state minimum marriage age laws to determine where marriage can allow for statutory defense to or exception from prosecution for statutory rape and/or other age-based sex offenses in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia.
Tahirih Statement on Presidential Proclamation on Asylum
The Tahirih Justice Center is deeply concerned about the likelihood of new regulations pursuant to the presidential proclamation of April 29, which includes new fees for asylum applications and work permits. Tahirih will file comments opposing proposed regulations and will continue to expose policies that harm asylum seekers.
Tahirih Comments on Rule Expanding Definition of “Public Charge”
The Tahirih Justice Center filed comments in opposition of the new proposed rule by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, Inadmissibility on Public Charge Grounds, which will expand the definition of “public charge”. Tahirih is deeply concerned about the impact of the rule on families, and the possibility that it will discourage survivors from accessing critical, life-saving services.
Tahirih Statement on “Remain in Mexico” Suspension
The administration announced a suspension of “Remain in Mexico,” a policy implemented nearly two years ago that has forced more than 70,000 individuals to wait in Mexico as their asylum cases are processed. Thousands of individuals and families have been harmed under the policy, forcing survivors fleeing gender-based violence to live in dangerous conditions, with limited access to legal counsel and trauma-informed care. The Tahirih Justice Center is a plaintiff in the lawsuit challenging “Remain in Mexico”.
Amicus Brief Filed in U.S. Court of Appeals for the Case Grace v. Barr
The Tahirih Justice Center and partner organizations filed an amicus brief with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in Grace v. Barr. The brief opposes the strict new asylum policies announced by the Attorney General in Matter of A-B- and shows that those policies run counter to significant evidence concerning the cultural roots of domestic violence and the inability or unwillingness of some governments to protect survivors.