Fighting to End Child Marriage

Child marriage is still legal in 48 states. The ongoing fight to change this for good is personal for the founder of Unchained At Last.

Child Brides in the U.S.

Child marriage is legal in most of the U.S. 48 states allow marriage before the age of 18. Fraidy Reiss is working to change that through her nonprofit Unchained At Last — which she started after leaving and abusive marriage. She found out that 248,000 children as young as 12 were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2010. In state after state, children can be entered into marriages without any say from them — completely disempowered throughout that process. And then because children do not have the right to bring legal action in their own name in most states, that typically means they're not even allowed to file for divorce once they've been entered into these marriages.

“My family arranged my marriage at 19 to a stranger who turned out to be violent. And I was trapped in that marriage for 15 years when I finally managed to escape with my two daughters. My family shunned me. They still consider me dead more than a decade later. Setting a marriage age at 16 or 17 does not help — almost all the children who marry in the United States are 16 or 17. Forced marriage and child marriage are happening everywhere. There is no one community or one culture or one ethnicity that we can point to and say, "That's where the problem is. They need to fix that." No, we all need to fix this.

In May 2018, she helped pass a bill banning marriage before 18 in Delaware — And then in New Jersey a month later. Since 2011, Unchained has helped over 500 women and girls leave forced marriages. Reiss says that oftentimes, It’s the parents who force the marriage and the consequences can be devastating. After the success in Delaware and New Jersey, Reiss is working to pass legislation in more states to end marriage before 18.


07/16/2019 1:27 PM


  • Shrijit S.
    08/03/2019 09:16

    Advanced Nation in terms of economy only ...!!

  • Pinky P.
    07/22/2019 04:10

    At least Indian law says it's illegal in all over the country

  • Seam E.
    07/22/2019 03:19

    Said it to them 😂 with a laif ? If you do not care about me , fuck you off

  • Deepa R.
    07/21/2019 16:13

    Excuse me... US is doing this... I can't believe it... India also had this tradition... But now a days it's vanished. But really.. US?

  • Sidharth G.
    07/21/2019 15:58

    I am shocked beyond imagination.... no one could ever think that this can be a practice prevalent in a DEVELOPED country like US and it has legal patronage 😔😔... and I always thought that it's a ill custom in Asian countries... at least I am happy to think that in India we have legally made child marriage a crime ....

  • Hiteshwar R.
    07/21/2019 15:53

    She is such inspiration, isn't she? ❤️

  • Vishal P.
    07/21/2019 15:02

    And i thought India is worst

  • Nudrat S.
    07/21/2019 14:49

    Nation is dangerously in a new track. Here are the reasons 1- Jet Airways closed, 2- Air India in terrible loss 3-Bsnl's 54,000 jobs are in danger 4- HAL does not have money to pay salaries 5-Post department losses of 15000 crores 6- Videocon bankruptcy 7- Tata Docomo perished 8- Aircel perished 9-Jp Group Finishes 10- Worst performance of ONGC till now 11- The country's 36 largest debtors are missing from the country. 12- Big loan apology to 35 million crores 13 PNB Crisp 14- Other banks also suffered huge losses, 15- Debt on the country is $ 131100 million 16- Railway sales 17- Rent All Heritage including Red Fort 18 - Millions of people unemployed after the ban 19 - 45 years biggest unemployment rate 20 - Three times more martyrs than the previous government. 21- Five airports sold to Adani. 22- SHARE MARKET NEARLY AT RECORD HIKE BUT SHARE HOLDERS FACING RECORD LOSS. DHFL, TELECOM COMPANIES ETC. AT HUGE LOSS. FALSE CLAIM OF ECONOMIC GROWTH IS THERE. We made you aware! Note: Nothing is showing in media-this is your duty to let other people know.

  • Susan D.
    07/21/2019 14:31

    Certain areas are definitely testing the limits of our own laws and Constitution. They are economically depressed, have high fetal, infant and maternal death rates, less successful education systems, weird crimes and serious bigotry. The can't read a study on how to fix any item, it's all good old boy network. It's getting worse, lately, too.

  • Anjaneyulu G.
    07/21/2019 12:03

    All that glitter is not gold, USA proves once more 😢😢😢

  • Prashanth P.
    07/21/2019 09:03

    Alighar mulla raped 9 year old girl at madrasa

  • Atiya Z.
    07/21/2019 08:19

    Its mind boggling that its legal to marry at 13 but impossible to file for divorce 🤯

  • Narayan S.
    07/21/2019 08:08

    Yes before girl understand s what is the world you kill her

  • Shailendra P.
    07/21/2019 07:53

    So this is what Uncle Sam,,, stop preaching others at least in some other underdeveloped nation’s there is law against child marriage

  • Marceline J.
    07/21/2019 07:51

    It in India also the same please stop that I also was at 18

  • Samsudeen A.
    07/21/2019 07:25

  • Arqam S.
    07/21/2019 07:25

    This Women had a unsuccessful marriage so everybody else would have now let's go on a protest Murica logic

  • SG P.
    07/21/2019 07:19

    America is Great !!!!?

  • Nataraj B.
    07/21/2019 07:14

    Avoiding people getting married young leads to illicit relationship The prostitute mafia !!!

  • HISIS -.
    07/21/2019 07:07

    Manusmriti is being followed even now, halfway around the world. 94. A man, aged thirty years, shall marry a maiden of twelve who pleases him, or a man of twenty-four a girl eight years of age; if (the performance of) his duties would (otherwise) be impeded, (he must marry) sooner.