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This article was originally published in NBC News on June 24, 2019. You can access the original article here: www.nbcnews.com/politics/politics-news/states-across-country-take-unprecedented-action-save-child-brides-n1019886.

Senior Counsel for Public Policy and Strategy Jeanne Smoot spoke to NBC News about the nationwide push for states to raise the minimum age of marriage to 18. “I think one of the things that we noticed over this last year, even six months, has been more leadership by women legislators,” Smoot said. “There have been more survivor-advocates stepping forward over the course of six months to a year to elevate their stories nationally.”

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