Criminal Laws Address Forced Marriage in the United States

Author: Tahirih Justice Center
Original Publication: July 2013
Updated: August 2019
This document provides an overview of state laws that address forced marriage in the United States, including those of California, Florida, Indiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Nevada, Oklahoma, Virginia, and West Virginia, as well as Washington DC and the U.S. Virgin Islands. It also provides information on Massachusetts' and Minnesota's laws addressing abduction for the purpose of marriage.
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