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House Foreign Affairs Committee Unanimously Passes Wagner Legislation to Prevent Child Marriages

May 30, 2019
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Congresswoman Ann Wagner (R-MO-02) released the following statement after the House Foreign Affairs Committee unanimously passed her legislation, the Preventing Child Marriage in Displaced Populations Act:

“I am pleased that my legislation, the Preventing Child Marriage in Displaced Populations Act, passed through committee and is one step closer to becoming law. Child marriage is a violation of human rights and a form of violence against women. This legislation would direct the United States to lead UN efforts to adopt a definition of ‘child marriage’ and craft a comprehensive strategy to address child marriages in UN-administered refugee settlements. Humanitarian crises put women and girls at a much higher risk of violence and exploitation, including child marriage. The United States must be a leader in this issue and fight for girls in unstable, violent situations, when they may not have the resources or ability to protect themselves.”