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This article was originally published in NPR on October 28, 2015. You can access the original article here: www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2015/10/28/452540839/children-get-married-in-the-u-s-too-15girls.

NPR interviewed two Tahirih Justice Center forced marriage experts for an article on the problem of child marriage in the United States. The article was published Wednesday as part of NPR’s #15Girls series, profiling teens around the world. Here’s an excerpt:

    When you read about a bride and groom who are 15 and almost 40… most likely you assume you’re reading about some place far away on another continent, where child marriages — defined as unions where one party is younger than 18 — are deeply embedded in many local cultures. You’d be wrong. These cases happened right here, in the United States. And they were legally allowed.

You can find the full article here, and learn more about our efforts to protect vulnerable children and teens from forced marriage here.