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This article was originally published in Good Housekeeping on September 23, 2016. You can access the original article here:

Good Housekeeping called attention to forced and child marriage in the United States through the stories of three survivors, including Tahirih Justice Center client Nina.

Tahirih’s Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy, Jeanne Smoot, and Forced Marriage Initiative Project Manager, Casey Carter Swegman, spoke to Good Housekeeping about the devastating effects of forced and child marriage, as well as the current minimum age of marriage laws in the U.S.

“A parent may have the intention to provide security and stability by forcing a marriage,” says Smoot. “But the odds are that they will set their child up for failure instead and for lifelong harm.”

Read the full article here.