Child marriage is often thought of as a problem that impacts the lives of teen girls in places like Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
But it can happen here in the United States, too. While domestic teen marriages are rare, the laws on the books in most states still allow teens to get married before turning 18. In New Hampshire, girls can legally wed as young as 13, provided they have permission from their parents and a judge (boys must wait until they’re a sage 14). One teen is trying to change that.
Number of Women and Girls At Risk: 25,000
Status: Existing Legislation Needs Strengthening
Improve by adding: Prosecuting parents/guardian, felony offense