Judge John J. Romero, Jr.

Judge John J. Romero Jr. of the Children’s Court Division of the Second Judicial District Court of New Mexico and the Program for the Empowerment of Girls (PEG)

Judge John Romero, Jr. has also been a valued faculty member of the Institute since 2014. Judge Romero offers his extensive knowledge on the role of the judiciary in responding to child trafficking along with his excellent facilitator skills to both educate and engage Institute participants on this important issue.

Judge Romero is the Presiding Judge of the Children’s Court Division of the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Judge Romero also serves as a Therapeutic Court Judge for the Program for the Empowerment of Girls (PEG), an intensive multi-agency juvenile probation program for girls who have some type of violence in their history. Judge Romero began his tenure on the bench in 2003 as a District Court Judge. He is Co-Chair Emeritus of the Children’s Court Improvement Commission, a past member of the New Mexico Tribal-State Judicial Consortium, serves on the Board of Directors of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, and served on the Resource Guidelines: Improving Court Practice in Child Abuse and Neglect Cases Revision Committee. He is a frequent trainer on issues related to juvenile justice and child welfare. He is a graduate of the University of New Mexico School of Law.