Publications

What Does the American Public Know about Child Marriage?

AuthorsDavid W. Lawson, Rachel Lynes, Addison Morris, Susan B. Schaffnit

Published: September 23, 2020

This study examined what the public in the United States knows about the issue of child marriage, both worldwide and within the U.S. itself. Researchers discovered significant misconceptions on both fronts, including a widespread and incorrect belief that child marriage was illegal in all 50 states. Read more.

Child Marriage Poses Serious Risks to Children

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Published: May, 2020

This one-pager brings together research on the devastating, lifelong harms of child marriage in the United States.

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Variation in State Laws on Access to Civil Protection Orders for Adolescents Experiencing Intimate Partner Violence

Authors: Avanda Adhia et al.

Publication: January, 2020

This report, published in the Journal of Adolescent Health, examines the availability of civil protection orders to minors in dating relationships across all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The authors find that while 48 states allow minors to obtain CPOs, only 14 states explicitly allow them to file for a protection order on their own behalf. Read more.

Child Marriage in Canada: A Systematic Review

Authors: Michele Zaman and Alissa Koski

Publication: March 3, 2020

Researchers systematically reviewed existing academic literature and news media to learn what is known about the frequency of child marriage in Canada, and its effects on health. A review of population data showed that approximately 1% of all Canadian teens aged 15-19 were married or in a common law union in 2016. Read more.

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Making Progress, But Still Falling Short: A Report on the Movement to End Child Marriage in America

Author: Tahirih Justice Center

Publication: January, 2020

Updated: May, 2020

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 on all twenty-five states that have recently enacted laws to end or limit child marriage, calling out features that make them strong or weak.

The report serves as a complement to our Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation that was released in January 2020, in which 20 survivor voices are featured to provide a window into the many ways that children can be forced and coerced into marriage in modern-day America.

This report was updated to reflect legislative changes made prior to May 13, 2020. Any versions dated January, 2020 will be out of date.

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