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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...
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...
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,...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
January 19, 2016
Reno, NV – Basin Street Properties, a prominent Northern Nevada real estate investor and developer, has signed a lease with the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) for 14,699 square feet in its 300 East Second Street building in downtown Reno, Nevada. The NCJFCJ focuses on improving the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and family courts. A 2,000 member organization...
January 11, 2016
(Reno, Nev.) – Mari Kay Bickett, chief executive officer for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ) has announced her plans for retirement. For the past five years, Bickett has led the national organization headquartered in Reno, Nev., which serves an estimated 30,000 professionals in the juvenile and family justice system across the country. Through providing resources...
January 6, 2016
On January 6, 2012, the domestic violence field lost one of its tireless pioneers and we lost one of our dearest friends – Dr. Ellen Pence. Ellen worked for more than 30 years to end violence in the lives of women and children. As co-founder of the Duluth Domestic Abuse Intervention Project in Duluth, MN, she introduced a model of inter-agency collaboration that has been adopted in 50 states and...

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