Child Marriage. A human rights issue in the United States.

Many Americans believe “Child marriage only happens in other countries.” Think again. Child marriage is an open secret and legal in 45 U.S. states. Each year in the United States, children are forced and coerced into marriages. In fact, approximately 300,000 girls were married in the years 2000-2018 in the United States. The consequences of early marriage pervade a victim’s life for years after the marriage begins. Child marriage adversely affects the victim’s health, education, and employment opportunities. Additionally, more than 89% of child marriage victims often become victims of domestic abuse and abandonment. The lost childhood creates a perpetual loop of entrapment for victims as education and financial independence are the tools they need to acquire the resources to free themselves from a forced or coerced marriage. In addition, victims of child marriage face tremendous challenges in obtaining access social service and access to legal support in obtaining divorce.

Please participate in our digital letter writing campaign to end child marriage in California and all other states.

Eleven Cities have passed our resolution!

Recently, the Huntington Beach City Council unanimously passed our resolution to end Child Marriage on the evening of Tuesday, September 7, 2021. The resolution was led by Mayor Kim Carr. Many thanks to the Huntington Beach City Council for advancing our cause to end this form of child abuse! We have now passed resolutions in Irvine, Anaheim, Newport Beach, Yorba Linda, Fullerton, Mission Viejo, Costa Mesa, Culver City, Tustin, Laguna Beach, and Huntington Beach. We thank Mayor Farrah Khan, Councilmember Dr. Jose Moreno, Councilmember Diane Dixon, Mayor Peggy Huang, Mayor Trish Kelley, Mayor Katrina Foley, Vice Mayor Daniel Lee, Mayor Letitia Clark, and Mayor Bob Whalen respectively for their leadership in passing our resolution in their cities. Are you ready to end this form of child abuse and pass one in your city or county? ADVOCATE with us here.

Child Marriage Laws Protect Abusers.

The causes of child marriage are nuanced and complex. In many cases, children are wed involuntarily by parental consent. Children do not have the legal protections for their own self-determination. Conversely, child marriage laws protect adult perpetrators and rapists by legitimizing relationships with children period. The female victims are trapped in marriages they can’t escape. These child marriages protect adult sexual predators from being held accountable for their actions in the court of law.

“Instead of putting the handcuffs on him and sending him to prison, they put the handcuffs on me and imprisoned me in a marriage.”

-Sherry Johnson, Child Marriage Activist

We Can End the Abuse of Children by Ending Child Marriage.

Global Hope 365 supports the rights of children to have a safe childhood free from child marriage. Our nonprofit supports the rights of children and prevents marriage until the age of 18 with no exceptions, in any and all circumstances. State laws that allow for marriage when a girl is pregnant, may end up protecting a rapist. Join our fight to protect the freedom, health, and education of children.

To learn more about Global Hope 365’s work to end Child Marriage and the California Coalition to End Child Marriage, please visit our dedicated site

Global Hope 365 is active in the community and dedicated to the advancement of women’s and girl’s rights. We are organizing, fundraising, strategizing and advocating, and of course learning more each and every day on how to transform the landscape in Orange County, California, the US and around the world. Your donation is helpful, but your time is invaluable. You are invited to connect with us and join our efforts.

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Media Coverage

For the sake of a visa, I was forced into marriage in Arizona — at age 15

Author: Sasha K. Taylor

Date: 19 Jan 2022

Published by: The Washington Post

A 14-Year-Old Bride, Wed to Her Rapist, Playing on a Jungle Gym

Author: Nicholas Kristof

Date: 19 Jun 2021

Published by: The New York Times

Child Marriage Doesn’t Actually Happen Here, Right?

Author: Lyric Thompson

Date: 15 Jun 2021

Published by: The New York Times

Should Any Child Be Allowed to Marry? These Women Say No.

Author: Theresa Walker

Date: 7 Aug 2020

Published by: The Orange County Register

An American 13-Year-Old, Pregnant and Married to Her Rapist

Author: Nicholas Kristof

Date: 1 Jun 2018

Published by: The New York Times

Child Marriage in America By the Numbers

Author(s): Anjali Tsui, Dan Nolan and Chris Amico

Date: 6 Jul 2017

Published by: Frontline

11 Years Old, a Mom, and Pushed to Marry Her Rapist in Florida

Author: Nicholas Kristof

Date: 26 May 2017

Published by: The New York Times

Academic Research

Time’s Up on Child Marriages in the U.S.

Author: Mellissa Withers, Alyssa Kyle

Date: 5 Mar 2019

Published By: Psychology Today

The Lived Experience of Child Marriage in the United States

Author(s): Aditi Wahia, Kristen L. Zaleski, Jacob Lampea, Patricia Bevana, and Alissa Koski

Date: 12 Feb 2019

Published by: Social Work in Public Health Volume 34, 2019 - Issue 3

Romeo and Juliet? Qualitative Interviews with US Citizens Married as Children

Author: Zaleski, Kristin

Date: 18 Dec 2018

Published by: USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work

Pediatric issues among topics tackled by AMA delegates

Author: Charles J. Barone II, M.D., FAAP

Date: 31 Dec 2019

Published by: American Association of Pediatrics

Nonprofit Research

Report reveals linkages between human trafficking and forced marriage

Date: 7 Oct 2020

Published by: UN News

Understanding State Statutes on Minimum Marriage Age and Exceptions

Date: 1 Aug 2020

Published by: Tahirih Justice Center

The Alarming Disconnect Between Age-Based Sex Offenses and Minimum Marriage Age

Date: 1 Aug 2020

Published by: Tahirih Justice Center