Black and minority ethnic families and the family justice system
Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara
In the 2017 Magna Carta Lecture, Her Honour Judge Khatun Sapnara considers the challenges faced by British courts in dealing with cases involving honour based violence, forced marriage, female genital mutilation and radicalisation.
Judge Sapnara sits in the East London Family Court and also Kingston Crown Court, hearing both criminal and family law cases. She practised as a barrister for 24 years and is a recognised expert in domestic and "honour" based violence as well as forced marriage and female genital mutilation. Judge Sapnara has been an advisor to successive governments on these issues, chaired a Home Office Domestic Homicide Review, and served on the Family Justice Council. She has undertaken training of judges and a range of professionals in the family justice system both in the UK and internationally. She has advised and served on the boards of a number of charities and voluntary sector organisations including the Ashiana Network, the only dedicated refuge and support organisation for BME women victims of forced marriage.
Magna Carta Lecture
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