Ending Child Marriage in America

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In this image taken from video, women in chains protest against child marriage, Feb. 14, 2017, at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. Child advocates say New York's marriage law can trap minors in abuse.

Fraidy Reiss is the founder and executive director of Unchained At Last, a nonprofit that helps women and girls escape arranged and forced marriages and works to end child marriage in the United States. Her recent column in The Washington Post reveals that, “While most states set 18 as the minimum marriage age, exceptions in every state allow children younger than 18 to marry, typically with parental consent or judicial approval.”