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Publication Category: Research Reports
  • Making Progress, But Still Falling Short: A Report on the Movement to End Child Marriage in America

    Making Progress, But Still Falling Short outlines what more needs to be done to end child marriage in America both at the state and federal level. It contains the latest analysis (updated November 1, 2022) on all thirty states that have recently enacted laws to end or limit child marriage, calling out features that make them strong or weak.

    For a high-level summary of the nature of all the marriage-age reforms enacted by states since 2016, please click here.

    For a map of all the reforms made since 2016, please click here.

  • Policy Advocacy to End Child Marriage in the U.S.

    The Tahirih Justice Center is proud to help lead the campaign to end child marriage across the nation, working with survivor advocates to change antiquated state laws that fail to protect children from abuse and coercion. This document provides an overview of state legislative reforms made to date, and progress still needed.

    *This was last updated on July 1, 2019. For more updated materials, please visit www.tahirih.org/childmarriage.

  • Nationwide Survey: A Window Into the Challenges Immigrant Women and Girls Face in the U.S. and the Policy Solutions to Address Them

    The Tahirih Justice Center issued a nationwide survey in October 2017 asking immigration advocates, immigrant women, and legal and social service providers what they see as the most urgent systemic challenges facing immigrant women and girls. This report presents the results of the survey.

    The survey was conducted through the generous support of the Ford Foundation, through a contract from NEO Philanthropy.

  • Criminal Laws Addressing Forced Marriage in the United States

    This Tahirih Justice Center resource provides a detailed overview of existing state-based criminal laws against forced marriage in the United States.

  • Executive Summary – Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America

    This is the Executive Summary of Tahirih’s report, Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage in Today’s America. It showcases the key findings of this groundbreaking report.

  • Falling Through the Cracks: How Laws Allow Child Marriage to Happen in Today’s America

    This Tahirih Justice Center report (originally published in August 2017) is the first comprehensive analysis of provisions in all 50 states and Washington, DC that leave children more vulnerable to forced marriage and the harms of early marriage. The report provides state lawmakers and advocates in the United States with the information they need to pass laws that more effectively protect children from the harms of child marriage.

    The report’s fundamental examination of common exceptions to minimum marriage age laws remains pertinent, but a number of states have passed at least some reforms in this interim. To track progress in the movement or to access current 50-state analyses and compilations of marriage-age laws, please see our other resources at tahirih.org/childmarriage.

  • National Consultation: Should Forced Marriage be a Crime in the United States?

    This report on the June 2016 national consultation on the question of forced marriage criminalization illustrates the complexity of forced marriage cases and details advocates’ diverse perspectives on the potential risks and benefits of making forced marriage a criminal offense in the United States. The meeting was organized by the Forced Marriage Initiative at the Tahirih Justice Center and brought together 30 participants from across the United States.