At least 20,000 girls under the age of 18 married with judicial consent in 2017 in the U.S. and Canada, according to a report released Wednesday by the Fairfield-based organization Save the Children. And a recent Frontline investigation found that between 2000 and 2014, more than 1,200 minors were married in Connecticut.
But no more.
In a move hailed by children’s rights advocates, the Connecticut legislature voted in June to ban child marriage before the age of 16. The new law took effect this month.