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End Human Trafficking and Child Marriage

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Human Trafficking and child marriage are international human rights violations.  Every year, 51 million girls are forcibly married around the world, sometimes before they reach puberty, and these numbers are increasing.  The victims of child marriage are often denied educational opportunities. They experience higher risks of domestic violence, maternal death, infant mortality, obstetric fistula and sexually transmitted diseases, including AIDS. Child brides are often deprived of social connections, have restricted mobility, limited control over resources and little or no power in their new households.  The United States can help end child marriages, etc., by strengthening and/or implementing the International Protecting Girls by Preventing Child Marriage Act, which authorizes foreign assistance programs to prevent child marriage and provides educational and economic opportunities for girls around the world. The House previously passed that bill, and the Senate must do the same, or better.  Please support similar, yet, stronger legislation and work for its passage; now.

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