Khatun Sapnara

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Khatun Sapnara has been a Circuit Judge since 2014. She was formerly a Family Law barrister, specialising in the law relating to children, at Coram Chambers and was also a Recorder appointed in 2006. She is recognised as a leading expert on forced marriages. Khatun was appointed to the Family Justice Council when it was formed in 2004 to advise the Government on all aspects of the family justice system. She also assisted in drafting the Forced Marriage (Civil Protection) Act 2007 and has advised the Government on the implementation of the Act and trained all tiers of the judiciary on the subject. In 2012, Khatun was a guest speaker at the 2nd World Conference of Women's Shelters in Washington DC. She attended the conference, on domestic abuse, with Imkaan (the umbrella organisation for black, Asian and ethnic minority refugee women) and Women's Aid.

Khatun graduated from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London and was called to the Bar in 1990. She has served on the committee of the Family Law Bar Association and the Bar Council's Equality and Diversity Committee. Khatun also has long-standing and extensive experience of serving on the management committees and boards of schools, charities and voluntary sector organisations. She is currently the Chair of Ashiana Network, a charity providing refuge and support for South Asian, Turkish and Iranian women victims of forced marriage and domestic violence.

In 2015, she was named the first ever British Bangladeshi Power and Inspiration (BBPI) Person of the Year.




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