Children's Rights

Millions of children have no access to education, work long hours under hazardous conditions and are forced to serve as soldiers in armed conflict. They suffer targeted attacks on their schools and teachers or languish in institutions or detention centers, where they endure inhumane conditions and assaults on their dignity. Young and immature, they are often easily exploited. In many cases, they are abused by the very individuals responsible for their care. We are working to help protect children around the world, so they can grow into adults.

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End Child Marriage In New York

End Child Marriage In New York

UPDATE: On February 28, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo announced that he would support reform on the age of marriage. On March 7, the New York Senate unanimously passed S.4407. The bill now must be passed by the Assembly and signed by the governor to become law. Please help us keep the pressure on!

Did you know 14-year-olds can legally marry in New York State? From 2001 to 2010, nearly 4,000 teenagers under 18 married in New York. Research strongly links child marriage with dropping out of school, poverty, and mental and physical health problems. It is time something was done! This month, a new bill to crack down on child marriage was introduced in New York's state legislature. Please email Assembly Speaker Heastie & Assembly Member Weinstein to tell them to support the bill.