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Publication Tag: Forced Marriage
  • Tahirih Letter to the California Senate Appropriations Committee in Support of SB 273

    Tahirih submitted this letter of support to the California Senate Appropriations Committee on SB 273, a bill that, as-amended, serves as an immediate first step in a critical longer journey to protect California’s children against forced or coerced marriages, and against the many well-documented risks and harms of child marriage.

  • Tahirih Letter to the Connecticut Senate Regarding HB 5442

    Tahirih submitted this letter to the Connecticut State Senate on HB 5442, a bill that, as amended, would limit but not end child marriage in Connecticut. While the bill addresses some of the most alarming aspects of the status quo, it stops short of the protection it intends.

  • Backgrounder on HB 799 / SB 861 to Raise Maryland’s Minimum Marriage Age

    This backgrounder provides statistics on Maryland’s child marriage problem and discusses HB 799/SB 861, a commonsense, bipartisan bill to ensure full and free consent to marriage will promote the health and well-being of Maryland’s children.

  • Testimony in Support of HB 5442 to End Child Marriage in Connecticut

    Tahirih submitted this written testimony to the Connecticut General Assembly in support of HB 5442, a bill to eliminate exceptions to age 18 as the minimum legal age to marry. On March 6, the Connecticut General Assembly’s Joint Committee on Judiciary held a public hearing on HB 5442, which is sponsored by Representatives Michelle Cook and Josh Elliott.

  • Protecting Children in Texas from Forced Marriage and Other Harms of Child Marriage: Proposed Legislative Reforms

    Forced and child marriage in Texas is a serious problem with a simple, first-step solution — ensuring that only legal adults empowered to advocate for themselves can enter the legal contract and potentially lifelong commitment that marriage entails. SB 1705 / HB 3932 is a commonsense, bipartisan bill that sets the legal minimum marriage age at 18, with an exception for minors emancipated by court order. Read our backgrounder to learn more about the child marriage problem in Texas, how the current laws fail to prioritize child protection, and how this bill addresses the problem.

  • 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.

     

  • Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions

    The chart that can be accessed at the “download” button below, updated August 26, 2021, serves as a resource for understanding the state legal regimes that permit child marriages to happen in the United States. It is an eye-opening compilation of the actual text of all 50 states’ laws on minimum marriage age and exceptions that among other things, highlights how many states set which age “floors” for marriage.

    For 50-state appendices with detailed “scorecards” on features of states’ minimum marriage age laws, updated as of August 26, 2021, click here.

    For a 50-state analysis of the alarming disconnect between minimum marriage ages, age of majority, and statutory rape laws, updated as of August 1, 2020, click here.