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This article was originally published in Teen Vogue on September 05, 2017. You can access the original article here:

The Tahirih Justice Center shared insights and expertise on forced and child marriage with Teen Vogue for a new series of articles on child marriage in the United States. The series, called “Wedlocked,” examines the devastating, lifelong consequences of child marriage and discusses the laws that allow it to continue.

“Consent rules generally have more to do with parental control than with safeguarding children’s welfare, according to [Tahirih’s] Smoot, whose organization helped write the latest legislation in Virginia and Texas and helped advise the drafting in New York.”

Read Teen Vogue’s child marriage series here.

To learn more about Tahirih’s work to end child marriage in America, visit our child marriage policy page.