Publications ArchivePublication Tag: Forced Marriage
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.
Tahirih Testimony in Support of Delaware Child Marriage Legislation
The Tahirih Justice Center submitted this testimony for a hearing in Delaware’s Senate Elections and Government Affairs Committee on HB 337, a bill to end child marriage in the state.
Protect Kentucky’s Children From Forced Marriage and Other Harms of Child Marriage
This fact sheet provides information on the ways Kentucky’s current minimum marriage age laws put children at risk and the extent of Kentucky’s child marriage problem. The Tahirih Justice Center is working to end child marriage in Kentucky and across the country.
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.
Tahirih Letter to California Assembly Judiciary Committee to Oppose SB 273
Tahirih submitted this letter to the California Assembly Judiciary Committee withdrawing our earlier support and registering our opposition to SB 273 in its current form. This bill has been weakened as it has moved forward and does not go far enough to address the risks and harms of child marriage.