Washington Coalition to End Child Marriage

This week, the Washington State Senate will hold a hearing to End Child Marriage in Washington.

Currently there is no lower age limit, and thousands of children have been married in the past decade. STOP THIS CHILD ABUSE.. The bill, HB 1455 has a hearing on Tuesday. Please take one minute to sign in “Pro” at this link to tell lawmakers that survivors should not have a time limit on their access to justice. https://app.leg.wa.gov/csi/Senate?selectedCommittee=17548.

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Call to Action

Help end child marriage in Washington State. Join Zonta USA, Unchained at Last and others to end this human rights abuse that traps children, mostly girls, and impacts their access to education, social services, and is linked to domestic violence, financial abuse and early pregnancy and health consequences. 

Download Unchained at Last’s Five Page Summary of Washington State information on child marriage.

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WASHINGTON COALITION TO END CHILD MARRIAGE ORGANIZATIONAL MEMBERS:

Unchained at Last –  Lead Partner and Convener

Zonta Clubs of Washington State – Lead Partner

Northwest Progressive Institute

Washington State Association for Justice

– AHA Foundation 
– Children’s Advocacy Centers of Washington 
– Children’s Alliance 
– Children’s Campaign Fund 
– Camp Fire Snohomish County 
– Domestic Violence Services of Snohomish County 
– Indivisible Bellingham 
– King County Sexual Assault Resource Center 

– Washington State Coalition Against Domestic Violence 

– Ultraviolet (weareultraviolet.org)

Zonta is dedicated to Ending Child Marriage – in WASHINGTON STATE

Almost 5000 Children were married in Washington State.

Some 4,831 minors, as young as 13, were married in Washington between 2000 and 2018.34

  • Some 80% were girls wed to adult men an average of 4.03 years older.35

  • Between 2000 and 2014, at least 35 and possibly as many as 48 marriages occurred with a spousal age difference that would have been considered a sex crime outside of marriage.36

Child marriage, or marriage before age 18, was legal in all 50 U.S. states as of 2017, based on archaic laws at the state level.   Delaware and New Jersey in 2018 became the first two states to end this human rights abuse, followed by American Samoa in 2018, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Pennsylvania and Minnesota in 2020, Rhode Island and New York in 2021, Massachusetts in 2022 and Vermont and Connecticut in 2023. However, child marriage remains legal in 41 states and is happening in the U.S. at an alarming rate: Unchained’s groundbreaking research revealed that nearly 300,000 children as young as 10 were married in the U.S. between 2000 and 2018 – mostly girls wed to adult men.

Nationally, Zonta has also Partnered with UNICEF USA to Raise Awareness about Child Marriage in the USA

Please visit and share our website www.stopchildmarriages.org  and TAKE ACTION to message your state representatives to End Child Marriage in Your State.

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