Interview: the women campaigning to end child marriage in the United States

Photo: Unchained at Last Hartz

In the time it has taken to read this article 27 girls under the age of 18 have been married

Each year, 12 million girls are married before the age of 18

That is 23 girls every minute

Nearly 1 every 3 seconds

About the authors

Fraidy Reiss

Fraidy Reiss is the Founder and Executive Director of Unchained at Last, a U.S. non-profit dedicated to helping women and girls leave or avoid arranged/forced marriage. Fraidy was 19 when her family arranged for her to marry a man who turned out to be violent. Defying her husband and community, Fraidy graduated from college, became a journalist and eventually divorced her husband, winning full custody of their two children.

Jeanne Smoot

Jeanne Smoot is the Senior Counsel for Policy and Strategy at the Tahirih Justice Center, a U.S. based non-profit organised serving individuals fleeing violence. Jeanne is principally focused on leading the development of legal and policy proposals to address forced marriage in the United States.