Child marriage remains legal in most of the United States, impacting hundreds of thousands of minors -- mostly girls. Therefore, Unchained At Last and Equality Now have co-convened a National Coalition to End Child Marriage in the United States, to bring together organizations and individuals working to end child marriage in the U.S.
The mission of the Coalition is to end marriage before age 18 within the United States. The Coalition advocates for marriage age of 18, without exception.
The Coalition pursues various approaches, including:
- Amending the federal laws that encourage child marriage.
- Setting a federal standard that includes specific language defining marriage under the age of 18 as a human rights abuse (as already exists in U.S. foreign policy documents and in the Girls Not Brides Global Partnership to End Child Marriage [GNB] Mission Statement; see also GNB’s brief, “The Case for a Minimum Age of Marriage.").
- Encouraging states to set a minimum marriage age of 18 without exception and supporting relevant state-level advocacy in every U.S. state.
All civil society organizations, including Girls Not Brides members, that are committed to ending child marriage in the United States and agree with the Coalition’s mission are invited to join the National Coalition. Additionally, all survivors of child marriage are invited to join the National Coalition. (See the sign-up form, below.)
Message for survivors of child marriage: Whether or not you join the National Coalition, you can contact Unchained At Last here to get support.