Pro Bono Library Items Archive
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.
2016 Bighearted Campaign Toolkit
Being bighearted is easy! This toolkit contains everything you need to know to raise funds for women and girls.
Child Marriage in the United States: A Serious Problem With a Simple First-Step Solution
Child marriage remains a serious problem in present-day America that has devastating, lifelong consequences. Read this backgrounder to learn more about the prevalence of child marriage in the United States, the laws that allow it to persist, and the ways in which it denies young people the opportunity to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
2015 Audited Financial Statements
Read our 2015 audited financial statement.
Protecting Virginia’s Children from Forced Marriage
This Tahirih Justice Center report provides guidance for judges and guardians ad litem affected under the new Virginia juvenile and domestic relations law (effective July 1, 2016). The backgrounder describes what safeguards against child marriage are built into the law, then explains how to use them effectively.
Ready to Soar Case Statement
Tahirih’s growth through 2017 was guided by a three-phase strategic plan beginning in 2009 called the Ready to Soar Campaign. First, we prepared for expansion by researching best practices and proven methods for scaling; then, we piloted, tested, and perfected our model of service by opening our first two field offices in Houston and Baltimore; finally, we launched a full national expansion with the goals of increasing by 250% the number of women and girls served, doubling the advocacy of our national policy team, doubling our education and training capacity, and opening two more field offices in the San Francisco Bay Area and Atlanta. This was all accomplished because when we asked for your help to raise $10 million for this campaign, YOU – our champions – answered the call. Please download our Ready to Soar case statement to learn more about the campaign.