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When Teen Dating Violence Goes Online
February 22, 2016
Written by: Jennifer White, Senior Attorney for Legal Programs, Futures Without Violence This year, a film named Audrie and Daisy was part of the U.S. Documentary Competition at the Sundance Film Festival and will appear on Netflix in 2016. The film tells the stories of two high school girls in different parts of the country whose kinship is the result of a common tragedy; both girls were...
Judges and Communities of Healing: The Federal Role in Improving Juvenile and Family Courts
February 22, 2016
On Feb. 23, the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) will be hosting a panel of experts to discuss federally supported programs that offer cutting edge judicial education and work to improve practices in the juvenile and family court systems. Framing our discussion around the role of the juvenile and family court judge and the importance of a well-educated judiciary, we...
Native Youth & Teen Dating Violence
February 16, 2016
Written by Judge Anne K. McKeig[1] Introduction Let me tell you a story. Before I became a judge, I was a child welfare attorney for sixteen years. As an Assistant Hennepin County attorney, I handled hundreds of child protection matters falling under the Indian Child Welfare Act (“ICWA”), a statute which protects Native youth from being removed from their families and reservations. Like many...
Russian Delegation Convenes in Reno to  Tackle Juvenile Justice Issues
February 9, 2016
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) moderates and participates in the discussion   (Reno, Nev.) – A delegation of Russian gender-based violence officials, hosted by the Northern Nevada International Center, visited Reno under the auspices of the U.S. Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program on February 8, 2016. The National Council of Juvenile...
How Community Collaboration Can Improve Response to Teen Dating Violence
February 8, 2016
This second article in NCJFCJ’s Teen Dating Violence series is authored by Alex Cardenas, the Executive Director of CASA in Imperial County and Mayor of El Centro, California. The most effective response to teen dating violence occurs when the entire community responds with one voice to support survivors, ensure accountability for the abuser and protect the teen survivor. In domestic violence...
8 Things Every Judge Should Know About Teen Dating Violence
January 29, 2016
One of the most important duties for any court system is to ensure that youth in the community are protected. As the former Presiding judge of the Milwaukee Children’s Court and Presiding Judge of the Milwaukee County Domestic Violence Courts, I have seen many young people who were survivors of teen dating violence. They included children who were both male and female, heterosexual and LGBTQ,...
QIC-CT Releases Framework for Sustainability for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams
January 28, 2016
The Quality Improvement Center for Research-Based Infant-Toddler Court Teams (QIC-CT) is building and disseminating knowledge of effective, collaborative court team interventions that seek to transform child welfare systems for infants and toddlers and their families. The QIC-CT supports work in 11 sites working to implement and institutionalize an innovative approach—based on the ZERO TO THREE...
President Obama Bans Solitary Confinement for Juveniles
January 26, 2016
On Monday, January 25, 2016, President Obama has announced a ban on solitary confinement for juveniles in the federal prison system. The President wrote an op-ed piece for the Washington Post which outlines the steps he is taking to reform solitary confinement in federal prisons. Solitary confinement can cause extreme psychological and developmental harm. Juveniles in solitary confinement are...
U.S. Supreme Court: Juveniles Sentenced to Life Can Seek Parole
January 25, 2016
The U.S. Supreme Court ruled today that any person sentenced to life-without-parole for crimes committed while they were a youth must be granted the right to a hearing to determine whether they are eligible for an amended sentence or parole.   This case builds on the SCOTUS holding in Miller v. Alabama, which held that "mandatory life-without-parole sentences for children pose too great a risk...
Center for Juvenile Justice Reform
January 21, 2016
The Center for Juvenile Justice Reform (CJJR) at Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy is pleased to announce that the application period for the 2016 Youth in Custody Certificate Program is now open through March 18, 2016. We invite you to join leaders and participant teams from around the country on the Georgetown campus for a week of intensive study from May 9-13, 2016. The ...

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