Coalition Members

The U.S. State Department has called marriage before 18 a “human rights abuse.”

Children can easily be forced into marriage or forced to stay in a marriage before they turn 18 and become legal adults. In many U.S. states, even at age 17, minors cannot independently leave home, enter a domestic violence shelter, retain an attorney (because contracts with children typically are voidable) to bring a legal action such as a divorce.

Survivor Advocates


Genevieve Meyer
Co-Founder, Resiliency Foundation


Elizabeth Sitton


Sara Tasneem
Sara Tasneem Advocacy


Dawn Tyree

National Council of Jewish Women

Progressive Democrats of America

South County Labor


Unchained at Last

United Nations Association - Orange County


Women Drivers

Women For: Orange County

Elected Officials

Mari Barke

President, Orange County Department of Education, 2nd District

Leandra Blades

Trustee, Placentia Yorba Linda Unified School District

Steve Blount

Trustee, North Orange County Community College District

Wendy Braun

Community Advocate, Campus Supervisor at CUSD

Diana Carey

Trustee, Huntington Beach Union High School District

Kim Carr

Councilmember, City of Huntington Beach

Mike Carroll

Vice Mayor, City of Irvine

Bonnie Castrey

Trustee, Huntington Beach Union High School District

Doug Chaffee

Orange County Supervisor, 4th District

Gina Clayton-Tarvin

President, Board of Trustees, Ocean View School District

Sergio Contreras

Councilmember, City of Westminster

Allyson Damikolas

Trustee Area 1, Tustin Unified School District

Vera Robles DeWitt

President, Board of Directors, Water Replenishment District of Southern CA

Diane Dixon

Council Member, City of Newport Beach

Rose Espinoza

Councilmember, City of La Habra

Melissa Fox

Councilmember, City of Irvine

Peggy Huang

Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice, State of California and Mayor, City of Yorba Linda

Al Jabbar

Trustee, Anaheim Union High School District Board of Trustees

Farrah Khan

Councilmember, City of Irvine

Tammy Kim

Vice Mayor, City of Irvine

Anthony Kuo

Councilmember, City of Irvine

Daniel Lee

Vice Mayor, City of Culver City

Ed Lopez

Trustee, North Orange County Community College District

Jim Moreno

Trustee, Coast Community College District

Dr. Jose Moreno

Councilmember, City of Anaheim

Greg Raths

Councilmember, City of Mission Viejo

Arlis Reynolds

Councilmember, City of Costa Mesa

Elizabeth Soto

Delegate, Elected Rep to Supervisory Dist 4 - Ventura County, President Moorpark Democratic Club, Controller CFT

Lisa Sparks, Ph.D.

Trustee, Orange County Department of Education, 5th District

Dr. Ken Williams

Trustee, Orange County Department of Education, 3rd District

Ahmad Zahra

Councilmember, City of Fullerton

Community Leaders

Danett Abbott-Wicker

Field Organizer, Progressive Democrats of America

Nesha Abiraj

International Human Rights Lawyer, UNICEF USA UNITE

Henagameh Abraham

Vice Chairwoman, Greater Costa Mesa Republicans

Max Abrams

Trustee, OC Rotary Digital Foundation

Jennifer Beck

Alternate to DPOC Central Committee, Assembly District 73

Ada Briceno

Co-President, UNITE HERE Local 11

Tyler Cash

Policy Advisor, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.

Ray Cordova

President, South County Labor

Mark Richard Daniels

Commissioner, Culture & Heritage Commission, City of Anaheim, District 1

Hung Do

Food and Drug Administration, Safety Officer

Yvonne Gonzalez Duncan

CA State Director, League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC)

David Duran

People's Homeless Task Force OC - Secretary, CCO & Housing is a Human Right OC - Co-Founder

Dr. Amer El-Ahraf

Emeritus Full Professor of Health Sciences, California State University, Dominguez Hills

Ramsey Elsayed

Assistant Professor of Research, University of Southern California

Amer Eltai


Sudi Farokhnia

Co-Founder, Treasurer, Iranian Circle of Women's Intercultural Network (ICWIN)

Tamara Farrar

Tamara Farrar, Family Law Attorney, Global Hope 365 Board Member

Eleanor Kennelly Gaetan, PhD

Director of Public Policy, National Center on Sexual Exploitation

Alexandra Grossi

UNICEF UNITE Los Angeles, Advocacy Council Lead

Dr. Bill Honigman

State Coordinator, Progressive Democrats of America

Davinder Kaur

Forced Marriage Survivor

Jose Lara

Assistant Principal, Anaheim Union High School District

Dot Leach

Founder of Women Drivers Interfaith Group

Greg Lefever

Owner / CEO, IMpowered Womens Fitness / Empowered Youth Life Style

Susan Leyster

Core member Thurston County Coalition Against Trafficking

Damien Lorton

Artistic Director, One More Productions

Debbie Martis

CEO, Rebirth Homes

Michael Matsuda

Superintendent, Anaheim Union High School District

Alan Minsky

Executive Director, Progressive Democrats of America

Laura Oatman

District Director, Office of U.S. House of Representative Harley Rouda

Dr. Luis Ortiz-Franco

Los Amigos of Orange County

John Park

Finance Commissionor, City of Irvine

Cole Patterson

State Data Director for California, Republican National Committee

Stacey Robbins

Author, Health & Lifestyle Coach - Specializing in Hashimoto’s

Max Robins

Founder & Executive Director, Students Against Child Marriage

LaShe Rodriguez

Chief of Staff, Supervisor Doug Chaffee, District 4

Oscar Rodriguez

Community Representative, Oak View ComUNIDAD

Corey Rood MD

Medical Director of Child Abuse Pediatrics, University of California Irvine

Ryan Sasse

UNICEF USA, Assistant Director, Advocacy & Engagement

Lynn Shaw

Founder and Executive Director, Lynn's Warriors/New York

Ron Siegal

Radio Host, Ron Siegal Radio

Courtney Smith

Mental Health Board Commissioner, Orange County Supervisor Don Wagner, District 3

Susan Sonne

Executive Director, Buena Park Collaborative

Patrice Springer

Organizer, Elder Abuse Advocacy South Bay

Hank Springer

Union Liaison, Playa Vista Jobs

Andy Thorburn

Candidate, Orange County Board of Education

Larry Tyree

Melissa Vera

Owner, Adventures of Frugal Mom

Jannelle Welker

Policy Advisor/Communications Director, The Office of Supervisor Doug Chaffee, 4th District, Orange County Board of Supervisors

Janet Woods, Msc.d

President of the Rotary Club of OC Digital, Rotary District 5320

Benjamin Yu

Traffic Commissioner, City of Lake Forest

Kristen Zaleski

Clinical Associate Professor/ Director of Forensic Mental Health at the Keck Human Rights Clinic, University of Southern California Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work