National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking

June 5, 2017 to June 7, 2017
San Diego, California

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The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges is pleased to announce that the next National Judicial Institute on Domestic Child Sex Trafficking will take place in sunny San Diego, California on June 5-7, 2017. The Institute addresses the serious issue of sex trafficking of children in the United States and seeks to increase the judiciary's understanding of and response to trafficking victims. The training is made possible through a dynamic partnership between the U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency PreventionRights4Girls, and the NCJFCJ.

The two-and-a-half-day training uses hypothetical case scenarios, small group discussion, practical courtroom exercises, and “mini” lectures to provide new and experienced judges with the tools they need to develop or enhance their ability to work with children who have been victimized or at risk of being victimized. The Institute covers a variety of topics including:

  • Victim demographics
  • Risk factors
  • Recruitment and control tactics
  • Trafficking legislation
  • Complex trauma
  • Historical/intergenerational trauma
  • Cultural considerations
  • Engaging victims in court
  • Standards of care and services
  • Placement issues
  • Judicial leadership 

Judges will return to their communities with a greater ability to identify children who are being trafficked or are at risk for victimization. Judges will also learn effective intervention strategies that respond to the individualized needs of each victim and a stronger sense of their courtroom and community roles to help prevent and end domestic child sex trafficking.

The Institute is led by a faculty team of experienced judges and other experts from across the country who have pioneered work on domestic child sex trafficking in the courtroom and beyond. For more information on faculty, see the Faculty Spotlights page.

Who Should Attend?

Only judges and judicial officers (commissioners, referees, etc.) are eligible to attend the Institute. This is due to the nature of the grant funding the training but also because one of the most important aspects of the program is ensuring that judicial participants have a safe environment to speak candidly about the challenges of presiding over highly sensitive child sex trafficking cases. The number of participants is limited by our facilities and funding; we encourage all judicial officers who may be interested to register as early as possible to secure a spot. The NCJFCJ seeks a geographically diverse participant group from a wide variety of state and tribal courts from across the U.S.


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There is no registration fee for this excellent program but participants will be responsible for their own lodging, travel arrangements, meals, and other costs. There are no scholarships available for the Institute at this time. Also, please note that no food or beverages will be provided at the training in order to comply with federal grant regulations.

Travel Arrangements

Please do not purchase flights or make any other travel arrangements (except securing time away from your position) until you receive notification from the NCJFCJ that your application has been accepted.


The NCJFCJ has reserved a room block at the SpringHill Suites San Diego Downtown/Bayfront for participants with rooms available at the federal per diem rate of $162 per night, plus applicable taxes. A reservation link will be shared in your confirmation email.


Please contact Chrissy Cullen at or (775) 507-4811 if you have any questions regarding the Institute and curriculum or need assistance with registration.

This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-CT-FX-K001 awarded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions, and recommendations expressed in this website/publication/program/exhibition are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice or the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges.

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