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The United States has lagged behind the global legal reform trend on child marriage, but this is starting to change.

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It’s been a funny week. I’m in Kabul, Afghanistan, launching a new Human Rights Watch report I wrote about the lack of progress in girls’ education in Afghanistan. But in between meetings, in the back of a dusty Corolla, stalled at security checkpoints, I…
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One of First States to Act; Others Should Follow

(New York) – New York State has taken an important step toward ending child marriage, as Governor Andrew Cuomo on June 20, 2017 signed legislation to dramatically reduce the circumstances under which children can marry, Human Rights Watch said today.…
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Governor’s Support of Proposed Law Boosts Chances of Success

Occasionally, Twitter brings good news for human rights.
 
 Yesterday, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo tweeted, “It’s shocking this law has been in place for so long, and with this new legislation, we’ll put an end to child marriage.”
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Sonia Ossorio of NOW-NYC addresses the crowd at a protest against US laws allowing child marriage.
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State Law is Out of Step with International Norms

For the past four years, I’ve worked with Human Rights Watch researchers around the world as they document the devastating consequences of child marriage. Our team has interviewed hundreds of married children in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Malawi, Nepal,…
Sonia Ossorio of NOW-NYC addresses the crowd at a protest against US laws allowing child marriage.