A current study showed that nearly 300,000 children, some as young as 10 years old, were married in the U.S. between 2000-2018. It seems unlikely, but, indeed, it is true. The study is a product of several leading organizations including Unchained at Last, founded by Fraidy Reiss, who has been leading the effort to make child marriage in this country illegal. To date, her advocacy has helped change the law in five states, with growing support for similar change in other states.
Fraidy, herself a survivor of an arranged marriage, has dedicated her life to helping those who find themselves victims of child or forced marriage by providing legal and social services to these individuals — mostly women and girls. It is truly lifesaving work. Our funds underwrite the organization’s modest staffing needs.