Child Bride Survivor
Officiants Can Make a Difference
This story is about Maria, a girl who was forced to marry her cousin when she was 16 years old. Marriage officiants have a responsibility to assess the couple before them, and confirm that both parties to a marriage are willing participants. Sadly, Maria’s officiant didn’t.
Maria’s story is one of 20 in the 2020 report Child Marriage in the U.S.: Survivor Story Compilation. We are grateful to the Tahirih Justice Center for shedding light on these stories, and for sharing its report with JPus.
- Read more about JPus’ efforts to end child marriage, including state specific activities.
- Our Advocacy page about Forced Marriage and Trafficking includes professional development for officiants and more information about JPus partnerships.
- See our member support article, Trafficking: Introduction.