Child Marriage in America: By the Numbers – Frontline

At first, almost no one believed Fraidy Reiss when she said child marriage happens in the United States.

“That’s not a problem here,” people would say. But the laws in every state allow minors to get married under certain circumstances. As the founder of Unchained At Last, an advocacy group that’s working to outlaw marriage before the age of 18, Reiss would hear from teenage girls who were looking to get out of a marriage.

Reiss wanted to know how often minors were getting married, so she went looking for an actual count.

Her group is based in New Jersey, and that’s where her search began.

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