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March 8, 2013
Last Thursday, the House voted to pass the Senate's Reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). The legislation, which assists victims of rape and domestic violence, was first passed in 1994 and reauthorized twice by Congress, expired 500 days prior to this passing. Reauthorization of VAWA faced partisan obstacles over differences between the House and Senate. The Senate bill...
February 24, 2013 to February 27, 2013
The NCJFCJ's new Judicial Institute: Family Law, which will be held February 24-27 in San Antonio, Texas, offers a wide range of cutting-edge sessions geared towards judicial officers and attorneys and also those who work in the dependency arena. Workshops and plenary sessions focusing on child and adolescent mental health and development include:  ·  PTSD and Mental Health Issues; Hearing the...
February 8, 2013
The National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges applauds and thanks President Obama for appointing Robert Listenbee, Jr. as Administrator of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) within the U.S. Department of Justice.  “The NCJFCJ is thrilled that President Obama has filled this office. We have a long-standing relationship with OJJDP and look forward to...
February 4, 2013
To the Members of the U.S. Senate: On behalf of the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) and its 2,000 members who represent the nation’s 30,000 state family and juvenile court judges, I am writing in support of Title IX of S. 47, the bill to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act. In particular, I am writing to apprise you of the NCJFCJ’s strong support for the...
January 30, 2013 to March 11, 2013
The Office on Violence Against Women (OVW) of the U.S. Department of Justice has announced a new grant solicitation for courts under the Courts Training and Improvements Program. This grant program is designed to improve court responses to adult and youth domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking. Eligible applicants are Federal, State, Tribal, Territorial, or local courts...
January 29, 2013
The NCJFCJ is proud to support Sesame Street's newest outreach initiative, Little Children, Big Challenges: Divorce, which provides much-needed resources for families with young children (ages 2 to 8) as they encounter the tough transitions that come with divorce.   Sesame Street Press Release: Each year about 1.5 million children confront the divorce of their parents, a transition that can be...
January 18, 2013
On December 31, 2012, President Barack Obama proclaimed January as National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month, rededicating America's commitment to ending any form of human trafficking. Government agencies and leading organizations both in the U.S. and abroad are joining together to raise awareness of human trafficking during this month. The NCJFCJ launched a new initiative, with...
January 15, 2013
(Note: The following is an excerpt from a letter written by NCJFCJ President Judge Michael Nash to Vice President Joe Biden on behalf of the organization) The NCJFCJ is concerned regarding the movement, as a result of the Newtown school shootings, to increase the security or police presence in schools. Many counties across the country experienced significant increases in minor school arrests...
January 9, 2013 to April 15, 2013
The NCJFCJ Nominating Committee is accepting applications of active judicial members for eight (8) open positions on the Board of Trustees. Terms are three (3) years. Applicants must submit a letter of intent and current resume’ or curriculum vitae, and complete the application questionnaire no later than Monday, April 15, 2013.  Pursuant to the NCJFCJ Bylaws, each person seeking nomination for...
January 3, 2013
From “Vision from the Bench to Fulfill the ICWA Promise”[1] Working together to provide safety, permanency, and well-being are high priority goals that child welfare systems strive to achieve. It has been 33 years since the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) was passed, and it is important to take the time to evaluate the impact on the child welfare system since that time. How are we doing as a...

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