HD583 & SD343, legislative bills to end child marriage in Massachusetts, have been filed by State Senator Harriette Chandler and State Representative Kay Khan. Representative Khan will discuss why she and Senator Chandler filed these pieces of legislation, the legislative process to attain a ban on child marriage in Massachusetts, and how social work students can engage in advocacy in support of these bills.
State Representative Kay Khan has represented Newton in the Massachusetts House of Representatives since 1995. She was originally appointed by Speaker Robert DeLeo in 2009 to serve as the House Chair of the Joint Committee on Children, Families and Persons with Disabilities and has served in this capacity ever since. Representative Khan is the founder and Co-Chair of the legislative Mental Health Caucus, the first of its kind in the country, and founder and Co-Chair of the Task Force on Justice Involved Women and Their Children, under the aegis of the Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators. Representative Khan earned her bachelor’s degree from Boston University School of Nursing. Her first job as a nurse was at Boston Children’s Hospital. Following this, she became an instructor for Boston University School of Nursing undergraduate students on a pediatric rotation. She went on to earn a master’s degree in Psychiatric Mental Health Nursing from Boston University, graduating with honors and worked in a private group practice in Newton for close to 20 years. Representative Khan has lived in Newton for more than 40 years where she and her husband raised their three children and now enjoys her seven grandchildren.