Child marriage in the United States

Laws in 43 U.S. states allow marriage before 18. According to research from Unchained At Last, nearly 300,000 children — some as young as 10 — were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2018.

Photo: Mattie Simas, Capture Humanity

Together we can end it

Unchained At Last and Equality Now have convened a National Coalition to End Child Marriage in the United States that brings together organizations and individuals working toward passage of federal legislation to help end child marriage in the U.S.

What are we calling for?

The mission of the Coalition is to end marriage below the age of 18 within the United States and to repeal loopholes and exceptions that may promote child marriage. The Coalition pushes for federal policy and legal reform to help end child marriage, or marriage before age 18, in the United States.


Steering Committee

Jennifer Bradbury

Patricia Abatemarco

Sara Tasneem

Organization Allies

American Medical Women’s Association

Break The Silence

Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women’s Network


Ekahi Aloha

Girls Not Brides

Illinois Child and Adolescent Psychiatry Association

Katie Poirier Legislative Coalition for Victim’s Rights

K-mor Ministries

Knots: A Forced Marriage Story

Lawyers for Good Government

LifeWay Network

Mainstay REdefined

National Association of Social Workers

National Center for Lesbian Rights

Post Mormon Ladies Group

Respect Our Health LLC

Social Work in Progress

Soroptimist International of the Americas

St Francis Justice & Peace Group

Stella’s Girls, Inc.

Students Against Child Marriage

Survivors Network of those Abused by Priests (SNAP Network)

SWLA Abolitionists

The Shafilea Ahmed Forum


Uniquely Different

Veterans Against Pedophilia

Women’s March LA

Worker’s Justice Center of New York

Survivor Allies

Aliya Abbas

Amanda Latham-Miller

Angie Sparks

April Lynn Olinger

April S. Kelley

Asuma J. Jalloh

Barbara Kitchens

Beth Ann Bird

Billie Jean Ove

Bonnie Randall

Brandy Bissell

Brandy Kirkpatrick

Brigitte Combs

Christina Roskovich

Christy Parrott

Davinder Kaur

Debbie Bolyard-Holub

Delma P. Rojas

Dena Hassouneh

Denée Michele Lambert

Dew (Donna) Winegarner

Dr. Trevicia Williams

Elizabeth Sitton

Evelyn Lane

Genevieve Meyer

Hasana Chaudry

Heather Scarpati

Hufsa Chaudry

Ismari Altamirano

Jamie Estermyer

Jasmine West

Jessica Milton

Judith Edwards

Karlie Blackmore

Kathryn Clark

Kelsea Hendrix

Kristena Mitchell

Marilyn K. Smith

Meghan Gillespie

Michelle DeMello

Mila Krambo

Noelle Rose

Olga Muhammad

Patricia Abatemarco

Roda Osman

Romy Morgan

Safia Mahjebin

Samantha Nicole Butler

Sasha K. Taylor

Shana Lee Klinge

Shanti Karabaich

Sherry Johnson

Sheila Marie Cooper

Skylar Gordon

Stephanie Gatton

Tabitha Peregory

Tamara Mikell Choudhury

Tammi Burt

Tammy Monteiro

Terry Rosensteil

Tonya McCoy

Zondria Weems