Task Forces and Working Groups
The Massachusetts Caucus of Women Legislators operates multiple task forces and working groups to dig deeper into specific issues that are facing women and girls throughout the Commonwealth. They are added or dissipated based on what Caucus members hear from their constituents and colleagues. Some of the task forces have been functioning for many years while others have just convened.
Justice involved women task force
The Justice Involved Women Task Force was established over 20 years ago and is currently chaired by Rep. Kay Khan and Rep. Christine Barber. They collaborate with different organizations and individuals to understand how women experience the justice system, make policy recommendations to improve services to women and educate the legislature on the positive impact of gender-specific programming.
PRE-TERM Birth and maternity Task Force
The Preterm Birth Prevention Committee was established in November 2017 during Prematurity Awareness Month and was renamed the Pre-Term Birth and Maternity Task Force in February 2019. The Women's Caucus is partnering with the March of Dimes to discuss the effect of preterm birth on Massachusetts, hear from the medical community and seek policy and legislative changes that can make a difference.
sexual assault TASK FORCE
The Sexual Assault Working Group was convened at the end of 2016 and is chaired by Rep. Tricia Farley-Bouvier and Rep. Lori Ehrlich. Recognizing that sexual assault is a national public health crisis, and given the national media attention given to the issue, this group aims to bring all stakeholders to the table to work on legislation and better understand the issue.