Our Approach to Advocacy
Changing a society that enables the forced underage marriage of thousands is no easy task.
Students Against Child Marriage is working directly with survivors, advocates, and experts to propel the campaign to end underage marriage into the American mainstream. We’re committed to leading a calculated and coordinated effort to mobilize the pure, untapped organizing potential of America’s millions of college and high school students.
Our mission is to raise awareness, partake in grassroots advocacy, and put pressure on lawmakers to act on the critically important yet widely unknown issue of child marriage. Through research and our conversations with existing youth marriage advocates, we have spent the last two years determining how to best use our resources and capitalize on the energy of America’s students in pursuit of these objectives.
After months of planning, Students Against Child Marriage is excited to announce our 10 State Strategic Plan.
We have decided that this is the optimal number of states to target in order to maximize our advocacy impact without spreading our resources too thin. Between the students on our core team, dozens of chapters ready to launch in the fall, and hundreds of students prepared to take action and spread awareness, we are confident in our ability to create real change in the states we have selected.
The ten states, spanning across the nation and beyond partisan lines, consist of targets in which progress to reform underage marriage laws is already in motion as well as states where reform efforts are nonexistent. By working with existing advocates and survivors to assist current efforts, and engaging previously inactive stakeholders and students in states that have seen minimal legislative activity, we will leverage the momentum generated by students to save lives and change laws.
Where completely eliminating child marriage is not feasible, we will strive to protect potential victims and limit the practice as much as the legislative environment permits. As a result, we are prepared to employ a diverse and varied legislative playbook to weaken the institution of underage marriage wherever possible.